When it comes to workplace health screenings, you may be thinking, “What’s in it for me?” Turns out, a lot!
What’s the deal with corporate health screenings? First of all, “corporate health screening” sounds a little daunting – and not super inviting. What if we called it, “a free check-up at work,” does that sound better? That’s essentially what these screenings are!
More and more workplaces are taking advantage of them for a variety of reasons. Here’s what you should know when your office holds a workplace health screening.
According to the CDC, if everyone in the United States received their recommended amount of preventative care, we could save over 100,000 lives every year. That’s serious. Take heart disease for instance – responsible for over 600,000 deaths each year. That’s 1 out of every 4 deaths! As we speak, about 47% of Americans are living with one of the main risk factors for heart disease. By attending your company’s onsite preventative screenings, you can find out if you’re one of them.
What Do Biometric Screenings Measure?
Corporate health screenings vary from location to location, but some of the main components of every program are:
- Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is sometimes called “the silent killer” because it often has no signs or symptoms. This helps explain why 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure – and only half of those people have the condition under control. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, which is why it’s recommended that you have your blood pressure checked regularly – like at a routine biometric screening.
- Cholesterol Levels: People with a high total cholesterol level have twice the risk of heart disease as those with normal levels. This is why checking these levels is a mainstay of any onsite preventative screening. 31% of U.S. adults have high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and, while genetic factors can contribute to the condition, there are many steps you can take to prevent and control it.
- Blood Glucose Levels: One in eleven Americans has a form of diabetes. Risk factors include family history, being overweight, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, and abnormal cholesterol levels. The CDC recommends that anyone over 45, as well as anyone under 45 with any of these risk factors, be tested for diabetes and prediabetes.
The beauty of a workplace health screening is you basically get to go to the doctor’s for a check-up, without going to the doctor’s for a check-up. And rather than waiting days or weeks for test results, a licensed nurse will walk you through your numbers within minutes. After all, the sooner you know where your health stands, the sooner you can take action to improve it.
Still not sure if a corporate health screening is worth your time? Check out this biometrics success story – and see for yourself how these screenings can really save lives. Ready to find out your numbers? Contact Wellworks For You to schedule an onsite preventative screening today!