BIOMETRIC AND HEALTH RISKS SCREENING OPTIONS
Know Your Numbers and How to Live Healthier
A nurse can provide on-site biometric wellness screenings and counseling for adults 18 years of age and older on how to develop an action plan to make healthy lifestyle changes. Employees will be provided with the results for their records and/or to take to their personal physician on their next visit. The health screening can include:
Lipid profile and blood glucose. This finger stick blood test provides a measurement of important indicators of cardiovascular health. Fasting is recommended for this comprehensive test which includes:
- Total cholesterol (TC), a waxy-like substance made by the liver that may lead to heart disease in excess quantities.
- Low density lipoprotein (LDL) referred to as the bad cholesterol is actually a carrier of cholesterol. It carries cholesterol to the blood vessels and increases risk of heart disease.
- High density lipoprotein (HDL) referred to as the good cholesterol because it carries cholesterol out of the blood vessels.
- Triglycerides are made from fat, sugar and alcohol and in excess may lead to heart disease.
- Glucose is blood sugar. If elevated, may be an indicator of diabetes or prediabetes.
Blood pressure assessment and consultation on the importance of diet and exercise to assist in lowering blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure identifies a person who may be at risk for heart disease. Treatment for high blood pressure is critical.
Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment based on a person’s height and weight. A higher than recommended BMI (body fat) increases an individual’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Bone Density screening is an easy and effective way to check for potential osteoporosis issues. Nurses can be scheduled for a specified period of time and employees can schedule appointments every 15 minutes during that time period. A portable ultrasound bone analyzer is used to perform a heel measurement which correlates closely to the hip and spine. Employees are provided with the measurement results and consultation regarding importance of diet and exercise to address potential bone density issues.
Health Risk Assessments (HRA). This tool, also known as a Personal Wellness Profile, provides valuable information to employees and aggregate results to employers. An employee completes a questionnaire that includes health, lifestyle factors, medical history, nutrition, stress, physical activity and biometrics. The HRA is scored and returned to the individual. The process is completely confidential.
Skin cancer screening. A physician can be scheduled for a specified period of time and employees can schedule appointments every ten minutes during that time period. The physician will examine the employee and provide them with the screening results and any recommendations based on findings as well as consultation on the importance of using effective sun screen and avoiding exposure to UVA and UVB rays.
Consultation: Each screening participant receives a copy of their health screening results and a confidential consultation based on these results provided by a Registered Nurse. The consultation could include the importance of diet and exercise in maintaining or achieving optimal weight, reducing risk of diabetes, lowering blood pressure and/or lowering lipids. It could also include the recommendation to see a physician in the near future.