The start of a new year is a time when most of us think about making healthy lifestyle changes and improving our health. That’s why it’s a great time to kick-start the New Year by completing your Personal Health Assessment survey and biometric screening provided to eligible individuals by the YOURhealth employee wellness program.
Each year, we tell you all the great reasons to complete your Personal Health Assessment survey and biometric screening. But this year, we’d rather let University employee Katie Baldwin tell you why she never misses a biometric screening. You see, on May 11, 2016, Katie, assistant director of Constituent Engagement for URMC, had a heart attack at age 30. She knows first-hand that the one thing you think will never happen—can, and knowing your numbers is crucial to better understanding and managing your health.
Here’s why Katie gets her screening every year:
- Convenience – I can schedule my screening at a location and time that works for me.
- Motivation – I use the numbers to motivate me to exercise, eat a healthy diet and take care of my health.
- Year-to-year comparison – I can compare my results each year to see how well I’m managing my health over time.
- Access – My results are always available to me online.
- Portable – I can print the results and take them with me to my doctor appointments.
- Health management – Knowing my numbers lets me take an active role in managing my health. I know what I need to improve and what I’m doing right.
- Incentive – The annual $125 incentive encourages me to learn more about my health.
Following Katie’s health scare, the biometric screening and Personal Health Assessment survey have taken on significant importance because they provide her with a foundation and keep her informed about her health.
Katie’s heart attack was eight months ago. Since then, her echocardiogram shows that her heart has healed and is back to normal. Life has resumed, but at the same time she has a different outlook than before. She knows how fortunate she is to have fully recovered from her heart attack. And with that knowledge comes the responsibility of taking care of her health, as well as appreciation for the emphasis the University puts on employee wellness.
“The employee wellness program offers something for everyone,” Katie said. “It’s worth it to make time in your schedule and make the commitment to your health. We’re fortunate to work for an employer that promotes health, gives us the tools to succeed and encourages us to participate.”
What is a biometric screening all about?
During your screening, a registered nurse will provide you with your cholesterol and glucose levels, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and more. Your biometric screening numbers are combined with your Personal Health Assessment survey to create a customized health report with your personal wellness profile that includes heart health risk, lifestyle score, recommendations, and what you can do to improve your health.
And, did you know?
If you complete your Personal Health Assessment survey before you have your biometric screening, your nurse will review your personal health report with all of your customized health screenings and recommendations, at the time of your screening. Completing your online assessment before your screening will give you the opportunity to review all of your information at one time and get answers to any questions you may have about your numbers, health risks and more.
Our Purpose. Your Journey.
Whether you want to make lifestyle changes or manage a health condition, the YOURhealth employee wellness program can help. It offers condition management programs for a number of health conditions and lifestyle management programs for a variety of needs.
The YOURhealth employee wellness program can help you reach your health goals in 2017. Take a look at our 2017 YOURhealth Program Catalog for a complete list of programs and classes to help in your journey to better health.
Let’s start your journey to wellness:
- Confirm your eligibility
- Complete your Personal Health Assessment
- Schedule your biometric screening
- Earn incentives