A biometric screening is an important component of a comprehensive health and wellness program.  For participants, these screenings provide information on current and potential medical issues. For employers, biometric screenings provide important baseline data to shape the direction of their corporate wellness program. When combined with a Health Risk Assessment, individuals have reliable information about their risk for chronic preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, and can identify a path for disease prevention and improved health. Health-continent wellness prorams are designed to help normalize screening values as part of health promotion, disease prevention, and to enhance feelings of well-being.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.- Mayo Clinic: April, 2013

How is the screening conducted and what information is being collected?
The screening uses certain body measurements and a small blood sample obtained by a finger stick. The following data is collected:

Height, weight, birth date and activity level for Body Composition Analysis (includes Body Mass Index or BMI)

Systolic and diastolic blood pressure

Total cholesterol

HDL cholesterol

Triglycerides

Fasting glucose

Waist circumference

How long does the screening take?
You should expect to be at the appointment for approximately 30 minutes for biometric screening and up to 1 1/2 hours for Health Risk Assessment.

Do I need to fast?
Yes; fasting is required for 8-12 hours prior to the blood tests by fingerstick. Drinking water is encouraged.

Are the test results confidential?
Absolutely. This information is to help you understand your health risks so you can take appropriate action to improve your health. You will be asked to sign for permission to release or publish your results. Collaboration and communication with your primary care physician is strongly encouraged.

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