Health screenings and assessments
Health risk assessment (HRA)
A self-reporting questionnaire that assesses a participant’s health and mental health risks and readiness to change. The assessment includes questions about interests, behavior, family history and factors associated with incidence of serious disease. Each participant receives an individual report and one-on-one feedback from a health promotion specialist at a health screening.
Individual screening report
Participants receive a detailed report, including their biomeasures from the health screening, risk factors, and recommendations for change. A health promotion specialist provides feedback one-on-one, makes recommendations and provides educational materials.
Group summary report
Employers receive an aggregated report of employee risk factors, readiness to change and health topics of interest to their employees. Health promotion staff provide consultation and recommendations for future programming based on HRA and screening results.
This is a reading of the pressure the blood is putting on the blood vessels. High blood pressure can damage vessels leading to the heart, brain, eyes and kidneys. Risk for heart attack or stroke doubles for every 10-point increase in systolic and 20-point increase in diastolic rates. It is important to check blood pressure regularly because there are no warning signs for high blood pressure.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems such high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other illnesses.
Total lipid profile with glucose
This test is the most comprehensive screening using finger-stick technology. This test provides readings of total lipids (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides) and glucose, as well as the total cholesterol/HDL ratio. Test results can highlight risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. There is a recommended fasting period of 8-12 hours for this test to be most accurate.
Total lipid profile
This comprehensive cholesterol test provides readings of total cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein or “good cholesterol”), LDL (low density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol”) and triglycerides (other fatty substances in the blood). This test also measures the ratio of total cholesterol and HDL. The total lipid profile can highlight risks for heart disease and stroke. There is a recommended fasting period of 8-12 hours for this test to be most accurate.
This test measures a participant’s total cholesterol and glucose levels. Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood, which can build up to cause heart disease or stroke. Glucose is a blood sugar, and unhealthy levels can indicate diabetes or hypoglycemia. Diabetes can also lead to heart and kidney disease, vision impairment, and stroke. There is a recommended fasting period of 8-12 hours for this test to be most accurate.
This test measures total cholesterol and HDL (high density lipoprotein), or “good cholesterol.” This test provides a ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, which can identify risk potential for heart disease. This test does not require fasting.
Coronary disease assessment
Participants ages 20-74 are eligible for this assessment, which is combined with a cholesterol finger-stick. This assessment uses measures of blood pressure, cholesterol, tobacco use and age to identify risk for coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease is the single largest killer of men and women in America. In many cases, behavioral changes in diet, exercise and tobacco use can greatly reduce or prevent coronary risks. Note: this is an awareness tool and is not to be used for diagnostic purposes.
Body composition (body fat analysis)
Body composition is measured using a noninvasive analyzer. The analyzer determines the percentage of fat tissue through a brief body scan, which takes approximately 2-3 minutes per participant. High body fat levels can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other illnesses.
This short paper and pencil test is a simple but effective way to determine if an individual is at risk for diabetes. This is a self-scoring tool and includes immediate, confidential feedback by a health promotion specialist.
The PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test is performed on-site via a blood draw or through a home collection kit. This test measures the amount of a particular protein that can be found in the blood. If the PSA level is too high further testing is suggested to determine if the cause is prostate cancer. Men with a family history of prostate cancer as well as African-American men should be tested at age 45. All other men should receive this test beginning at age 50.
Skin cancer screenings
Participants are offered a “spot-check” or a “full body scan” by a physician. Participants complete a registration form with questions about personal and family history of skin cancer, amount of time spent outdoors, sunscreen usage, hat wearing, skin color, etc. This screening is an awareness tool and should not substitute for regular medical check-ups. Participants will receive notification if there are visible signs that warrant a doctor’s visit.
This tests for hamstring and lower back flexibility using a sit-and-reach exercise. Flexibility is important for preventing back strain and other injuries.
Step test (cardiovascular endurance)
The three-minute step test is conducted using a 12-inch step. The participant maintains a stepping rate of 24 steps per minute for three minutes. After the exercise is completed, the individual immediately sits down and the heart rate is calculated. This heart rate is an indicator of the participant’s fitness level.
This measures body weight, blood pressure, heart rate, body fat, circumference, cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. The participant will receive an individualized computer report with results and comparisons to the general population (based on age and gender). Recommended for ages 15-60.
Nutrition assessments help participants determine how to make healthier food choices, cut out excess fats, improve their personal diet, and calculate how many calories to consume. The assessment is administered by a registered dietitian and assesses an individual’s current habits. The dietitian helps the individual set goals for healthier eating based on areas that need improvement.
This paper and pencil test is a practical way to screen individuals for depression and is administered by a state licensed counselor.