DDS identifying customers’ ‘lifestyle age’

pharmacist Jack Clark offers customers screening assessments for chronic illness

In an effort to help combat potential chronic illnesses, Discount Drug Stores across the country are offering health assessments with an in-store pharmacist to assess early asymptomatic signs and identify Aussies’ ‘lifestyle age’.

From 10 February to 11 March, pharmacists will assess individuals in a one-on-one consultation, and educate on ways to help close the gap between a lifestyle age and biological age.

Frontline pharmacists are set to discuss history and lifestyle habits, and offer a general health assessment through proactive screening and basic health measurements including blood pressure and weight, height and waist circumference.

Discount Drug Stores Pharmaceuticals Manager Stephenie Shea says recent studies have shown that one in five Australians are affected by multiple chronic diseases.

“Australians are most at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and arthritis,” Shea says.

“Destructive lifestyle habits are at the forefront of this prevalence and it’s our goal to help Australians understand the impact their lifestyle has on their health, and offer tips and strategies to help prevent chronic disease.

“If a 35-year-old comes in presenting with a lifestyle age of a 50-year-old, we believe it’s our duty as healthcare professionals to educate and help find solutions to bring their lifestyle age in line with their biological age.”

In store health checks are performed by pharmacists for a fee of $9.95 and will run from 10 February to 11 March 2016.

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