Walmart Outlines New Ways It Is Helping Customers Live Healthy Lives

Retailer builds on long-standing commitment to make health and
wellness more affordable and accessible

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on its commitment to making healthcare and healthier food more
affordable and accessible, Walmart today outlined additional ways the
company is helping its customers live healthier lives. The retailer will
focus on preventive care and supporting overall well-being across its
entire assortment – in stores and online – through in-store events,
online education and an expanded assortment of products and services

Customers will see Walmart’s commitment come to life on Saturday, Oct.
10, when the retailer holds “America’s Biggest Health Fair.” The event
will take place in more than 4,400 stores across the U.S. from noon to 4
p.m. Free blood glucose, blood pressure, vision screenings, product
samples and health insurance information will be available. In addition,
more than 10,000 of Walmart’s licensed pharmacists will offer
immunizations in select stores. Walmart expects to set record breaking
numbers during the single-day health fair with hundreds of thousands of
screenings and immunizations projected.

“There is one thing we can’t put a price on and that’s the health of our
customers. We realize we play an important role in making healthcare
available to millions and helping millions put healthy meals on the
table. This is a responsibility we take seriously,” said Michelle
Gloeckler, executive vice president of Consumables and Health & Wellness
at Walmart U.S. “From managing diabetes to running your first 5K and
simply putting a healthy dinner on the table, we’re equipping our
customers with solutions for total health management which spans from
nutrition, fitness, preventative care and treatment.”

Walmart is the only retailer in the U.S. that operates its own
Pharmacies, Vision Centers and Care Clinics, and provides a
comprehensive assortment of preventative and wellness products in the
following categories: grocery, electronics, sporting goods, home,
apparel and consumables in stores and online. Over the past year,
Walmart has added thousands of wellness products, and plans to expand in
notable areas such as: durable medical equipment, specialty
prescriptions and active nutrition.

“We have a long history of making healthcare more affordable and
accessible for our customers,” Gloeckler added. “Our $4 prescription
program changed the industry and drove down healthcare costs. Our Care
Clinics and Vision Centers are creating new price positions for retail
health services and giving communities expanded access to services they
need to live healthier lives.”

Healthcare Begins Here

For the second year, Walmart is working with to help
customers identify their health insurance needs, compare coverage
options and enroll in the plan that is right for them. The customer open
enrollment program, Healthcare Begins Here, will be available Oct. 15,
2015 through Jan. 31, 2016 in more than 2,400 Walmart stores, online and
via phone.

New this year, is working with Jackson Hewitt to staff
licensed insurance agents in approximately 250 stores. These agents will
help customers navigate the more than 70,000 Health Exchange plans
available to them, as well as help customers over the age of 65 enroll
for Medicare.

Everything You Need to Live a Healthy Life – Under One Roof

As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart makes healthier food accessible
and affordable. Last year, customers saved more than $1.09 billion on
fresh fruits and vegetables and Walmart exceeded its goal of opening 275
– 300 stores serving designated food desert areas a full year ahead of
schedule. Today, Walmart offers more than 1,700 organic products, nearly
10 percent of which are organic produce items, and brings customers new,
healthier options by working with national brands and innovating within
its own private label assortment.

In 2011, Walmart set out to reduce the sodium, added sugar
and industrially produced trans fats in its private brands, including
Great Value, as well as national brands. Through 2014, the company has
reduced added sodium in the foods sold in its stores by 16 percent,
reduced added sugars by more than 10 percent, and now less than 6% of
its products contain industrially produced trans fats.

To help customers manage their health whenever and wherever they are,
Walmart has also revamped its Health & Wellness page on to
focus on solutions that highlight products across multiple categories.
Examples include:

  • “Boost Your Immunity” – Products to include: Oral Care, Probiotics,
    Vitamins, Antioxidant Foods
  • “Live Well with Diabetes” – Products to include: Skincare, Supplies,
    Low-Carb Active Nutrition

To learn more about Healthcare Begins Here and Walmart’s assortment of
affordable wellness solutions, please visit:

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save
money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online,
and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million
customers who visit our 11,508 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries
and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue
of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates
worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate
philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about
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Molly Blakeman, 800-331-0085