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Sam's Club gets down to heart of the matter with free screenings


BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In honor of American Heart Month, Sam's Club announced it will be hosting free heart health screenings on Feb. 11 at all locations with a pharmacy.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., members and guests can receive total cholesterol, HDL, glucose, body mass index and blood-pressure tests for free. During the screenings, Sam's Club pharmacies also will offer free samples of related items, the company said.

Tests are limited to the first 100 participants at each club location. Cholesterol and glucose testing not available in Tennessee, Maryland and Hawaii; cholesterol testing is not available in New Jersey; and glucose testing not available in Pennsylvania.

In line with this weekend's screenings, Sam's Club on Feb. 8 will host a Twitter chat Q&A at 7 p.m. CST, whereby followers of Sam's Club can learn more about heart health tips and guidelines. Five Twitter participants who tweet with #simplesavings and @SamsClub will receive a "healthy heart's desire" prize pack, Sam's Club said.

"With such high prevalence of heart disease in this country, at Sam's Club we feel it is important to raise awareness and educate our communities about this serious health concern," Sam's Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "In honor of February's Heart Health Awareness Month, Sam's Club health screenings offer individuals the opportunity to manage their heart health by first learning where they stand with several cardiovascular disease risk factors."

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