Biometric screenings are simple, free health evaluations designed to identify current or potential health issues, and are often offered by employers as part of a wellness program. The intent of a biometric screening is to help employees take charge of their health through knowledge. Screenings involve nothing more than a routine examination and blood work.
Most biometric screenings take as little as 30 minutes and include measurements for:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Blood pressure
- Waist circumference
- Fasting glucose/Blood sugar (the amount of sugar in the blood)
- Total cholesterol
- HDL and LDL cholesterol level
- Triglycerides level (the amount of fatty acids in the blood)
Once the results are in, they are shared in confidentiality with the individual and not with the employer. Biometric screenings cannot be used to determine employability. Their only purpose is to provide the individual with insight into his or her health.
Benefits for employees who participate in a biometric screening are:
- Increased knowledge about their health and how to lead a healthier lifestyle if needed.
- Greater awareness about potential health risks.
- Improved understanding of preventative measures needed to maintain good health.
- Sound medical advice to guide the individual toward wellness and vitality.
- Lower monthly health insurance premium.
Biometric screenings are not pass or fail, and employees are not required to take any follow-up steps. Contact your human resources department to find out if your employer offers a wellness program that includes biometric screenings, and begin your journey to better health today.
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