Walmart helps its customers live healthier lives; focus on preventive care and supporting overall well-being across its entire assortment

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

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — 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 solutions.

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 DirectHealth.com 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, DirectHealth.com 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 transfats.

To help customers manage their health whenever and wherever they are, Walmart has also revamped its Health & Wellness page on Walmart.com 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:Walmart.com/healthcare.

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 Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Walmart launches new digital library with educational content to further support the advancement of future women leaders at Walmart and women worldwide

Library launches with educational footage from Walmart’s inaugural Global Women’s Forum featuring Academy Award Winner Geena Davis and PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi

Bentonville, Ark., 2015-7-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart today launched a new digital library, with videos from its inaugural Global Women’s Forum, to further support the advancement of future women leaders at Walmart and women worldwide. Part of Walmart’s President’s Global Council of Women Leaders’ Global Women’s Development Series, the Forum held on April 21 was a half day event broadcast in ten countries, while an additional eight countries held their own event that focused on educating Walmart associates about important issues affecting women in the workplace. Forum speakers included Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, and BBC World News anchor and author, Katty Kay.

The digital library of content contains footage from the Forum, which includes keynote speeches and panel discussions on three development topics: confidence, mentoring and work/life integration. The library provides rich content that may be shared and used by professionals all over the world for professional development and discussion.

“Over half of our associates are women, and as the world’s largest retailer, we know that providing development opportunities for our female associates and making this information available to women around the world can have a ripple effect on the global workforce,” said Michelle Gloeckler, executive vice president of Consumables and Health and Wellness, U.S. Manufacturing lead and chair of the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders. “It is our hope that this inaugural Global Women’s Forum will serve as a catalyst in our work to develop the future female leaders of Walmart.”

“I could not be more thrilled to be a part of Walmart’s Global Women’s forum and to see a company like Walmart working to provide opportunities for its associates to thrive and share those opportunities globally,” said Geena Davis. “By working together across multiple industries, we can empower women worldwide with the resources and mentorship they need to build meaningful careers.”

The Global Women’s Forum and the library of content are part of a larger Global Women’s Development Series which seeks to champion opportunities for women to grow and thrive across the globe, provide accessibility and a platform to support women and showcase female talent across Walmart. In March, the Global Women’s Development Series hosted an International Women’s Day celebration at the Walmart home office.

“All around the world, women are breaking new barriers and making tremendous contributions to both business and society,” said Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. “The work Walmart is doing to invest in and empower women is critically important, and PepsiCo is proud to contribute to the continuing discussion on this topic. We are deeply committed to fostering diversity and inclusion across our workforce and we look forward to continuing our work with Walmart on this shared priority.”

Walmart is also working in other ways to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, advocate for workforce opportunities within the entire retail sector and champion women through its Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative. A critical part of this work is supporting the advancement of women at Walmart, particularly as women make up more than half (57%) of Walmart associates and Walmart has twice the rate of female corporate officers (32%) as the Fortune 500.

Through its Women Economic Empowerment Program, Walmart has made a commitment to source $20 billion from women owned businesses in the U.S, and double its sourcing from women owned businesses internationally.  Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to train 1 million women all over the world in retail, factories and farming.

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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, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,462 stores under 71 banners in 28 countries and e- commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 sales of nearly $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 Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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