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Hy-Vee offering A1C hemoglobin screenings

Retailer provides free tests for National Diabetes Awareness Month

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, Hy-Vee Inc. is providing free Hemoglobin A1C screenings throughout its eight-state region during the month of April.

The free screenings will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles in more than 150 Hy-Vee store parking lots. Hy-Vee registered dietitians will conduct a simple blood test, and review the results with individuals immediately following the test. 

Hemoglobin A1C is a blood test that individuals living with diabetes use to manage their blood glucose levels, and provides information about an individual’s average levels of blood glucose over a two- to three-month period. 

Hy-Vee is working with the following organizations to make the screenings possible: VEGA, ASCENSIA Diabetes Care and Bing Beverage. Each person who receives a screening will be given a goodie bag that includes samples, coupons and educational materials, while supplies last.

Health focus

The Midwestern grocer, which has more than 245 supermarkets in eight states, has embraced the health and wellness sector, with its 260 retail pharmacies, including 228 in-store and 32 freestanding locations.

Hy-Vee also has 71 retail health clinics, with most located in stores with a pharmacy.

Since December, the company has acquired six Shopko pharmacies, along with the prescription files of another 22 Shopko locations, as well as 10 Weber & Judd Pharmacies locations.

Its Hy-Vee HealthMarket Rx stores provide free prescription delivery, text notifications when prescriptions are ready, automated refill ordering, vaccination services, free blood pressure checks, private medication consultations and a registered dietitian for nutritional guidance. Hy-Vee also offers prescription management capabilities via its mobile app.

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