One of the teachings of yoga that I love is the emphasis on self-love. Yoga is about honoring your body and learning to accept and love yourself. Despite this love fest that takes place on our yoga mats, most of us are still guilty of beating ourselves up, not taking enough time to rest, and in some cases not taking care of our health when we’re off the mat.

If you’ve been needing to get to a doctor for basic wellness tests, the rock stars at Walgreens and AARP have launched a nationwide bus tour that is delivering free health testing, health education, and consultation to adults 18 years and older to bring prevention and early detection of today’s leading diseases: heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.


The Rockin' Walgreens Wellness Bus!

Yes, I said FREE. And the series of tests – including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age, and body weight – have a value of over $100 and take only 20 minutes to complete. The test results are delivered immediately, and you don’t need to have insurance or an appointment.

The exciting news is that if you live around my ‘hood in Ohio, the tour bus is going to be rolling into town July 23 through August 11. Here is a list of the upcoming Akron, Cleveland, and Canton tour dates:


City Date Address Time
Cleveland Heights July 23 Walgreens 3020 Mayfield Road 11 am to 5 pm
Cleveland July 25 Walgreens 641 Broadway Avenue 11 am to 5 pm
Chardon July 26 Chardon Medical Campus, 510 5th Ave 4 pm to 8 pm
Parma July 27 Mount Alverna Senior Center, 6765 State Rd 10 am to 4 pm
Twinsburg July 28 Walgreens 9043 Darrow Road 10 am to 4 pm
Garfield Heights July 30 12777 Rockside Road 11 am to 5 pm
Canton August 3 Walgreens 1223 Cleveland Avenue NW 11 am to 5 pm
North Canton August 4 Walgreens 1000 S. Main Street 8 am to 2 pm
Akron August 6 Walgreens 302 Canton Road 11 am to 5 pm
Akron August 9 Walgreens 1130 S. Arlington Street 11 am to 5 pm
Akron August 10 Walgreens 1303 Copley Road 11 am to 5 pm
Akron August 11 Walgreens 834 W. Market Street 10 am to 4 pm


If you live in the Youngstown area of Ohio, the tour will be hitting seven area Walgreens from July 12 through July 21. Walgreens is bringing the tour to underserved communities that need it the most—those with the highest prevalence for leading diseases and with large populations of uninsured and unemployed. Visit to find out if the tour buses will be coming to a city near you.

It’s a good idea to get to these events early to sign up. Also, be sure to check the website a few days prior to the event as the event times and locations are subject to change.

Can’t make it to a tour stop? You can still contribute to this community outreach campaign by purchasing Walgreens brand health and wellness products! One cent from the purchase of each product – up to $3 million annually – will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund®, a four-year $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans.

To quote a classic Journey song, “Be good to yourself,” and take advantage of these free health screenings. You can also pay it forward and be good to others by purchasing Walgreens brand health and wellness products to support this healthy initiative.

I was compensated for this post, but please know that the opinions expressed are my own and were shared because I believe in and support the community goodwill that is being fostered by Walgreens and AARP.

Brain image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.