August 10, 2012

By Graydon Gordian

Sam’s Club Offers Free Health Screenings, Sesame Outreach Kits

Since its founding, Sesame Workshop has been dedicated to making sure kids grow up healthy and strong. In recent years, our partner Sam’s Club has helped us further that goal by in part funding the creation of Sesame Street’s “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me” outreach kits. The bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach kits include an original Sesame Street DVD and a family booklet. There’s also additional activities and information at SesameStreet.org/Teeth.

As part of its commitment to the health and wellbeing of children across the country, Sam’s Club is offering free health screenings for children at all locations with a pharmacy. In addition to the screenings, a limited supply of “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me” outreach kits will be distributed as well, in the hopes of providing children and parents with the information they need to make choices that will have a positive impact on their oral health.

Sam’s Club has been offering free health screenings every second Saturday of the month for a year and a half. But this screening, which focuses on children’s health, is the first at which Sesame Workshop outreach kits will be distributed. Each screening has a different health-related focus, but at any screening basic health information like body mass index and blood pressure can be measured as well.

“It’s open to anyone,” said Cynthia Collins, the pharmacist who manages the Chicago area market. “We encourage people who are not Members to come in as well. It’s absolutely free, no appointments needed. The services at the screening could be worth close to $200. It gets to be really rewarding once we see people really depend on us, because of the climate that we’re in.”

“We’ve done children’s health before,” she added. “But we’ve never had the (“Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me”) kits before.”

The screenings will be the Saturday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sam’s Clubs with a pharmacy nationwide.

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