Health assessments or "screenings" come in several different forms, focused on diseases that are common, that often go undetected, and that can be improved with lifestyle changes.
Heart disease, a leading cause of death in the United States, can easily go undetected. With a standard "know your numbers" screening, our specially trained nurse staff greets participants with a collaborative, no-judgement outlook – we'll take a look at your numbers and talk about ways to improve them.
Participants will have height, weight, and waist measurements taken, followed by a blood pressure reading and finger stick (lipids + glucose). Results from the finger stick come out in just a couple minutes, and participants are then given an overall, easy to understand, review of the numbers, what they mean as regards to overall health and heart health, and then given positive feedback on ways to improve, what to avoid, and when a doctor visit is called for. All participants are given their results to take home.
Understanding that a full biometric screening may not be in your budget, or may not be right for your company's population, we also offer every component of the full screening as a standalone event. Most often in that scenario, clients choose blood pressure or glucose screening only.
Glucose and A1C
Approximately 10% of Americans have diabetes, and roughly a quarter of those people go undiagnosed. With a simple finger stick, we can measure either glucose or A1C, both of which offer a window into one's diabetes status. While measuring glucose offers a "window in time", A1C gives a 90 day look-back, making it a better gauge of one's ability to process blood sugars. Some clients choose to offer a glucose screening with a follow-up A1C for those in the elevated category. Either way, participants are coached in diabetes, its symptoms, and prevention.
Colorectal rectal cancer is another disease that is common among both men and women, and that can be easily screened for. Early detection, as with all cancers, greatly improves treatment outcomes. With our colorectal screenings, nurses well versed in the risk factors and general information about this cancer, conduct a brief one-on-one educational session with participants, focusing on the importance of participating in the screening. Participants take home an educational piece, along with an in-home screening kit to mail back to Affiliated Physicians. We then follow up with results within a week of receiving the kit.
PSA – screening for prostate cancer. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. If detected early, it is highly treatable. If your team is predominantly male, you may want to choose to offer screening for prostate cancer. This entails a blood draw, with results in as little as 3 days. Our team will educate your employees on the importance of regular PSA screening for early detection. Many companies choose to offer this screening in conjunction with a breast cancer educational event for the women in the office.
Audio and Vision Screening
Lastly, we offer both audio and vision screening. While hearing and vision loss are not life threatening, they often go undetected, and with early intervention, can be mitigated. Of particular importance for those in any industry which entails being exposed to high noise levels over extended periods of time, monitoring hearing loss is critical.
Likewise, as we age, vision tends to fail and we require more light to see. Differentiating between age-related vision loss and other – more serious – diseases, such as macular degeneration, is something we should all be mindful of. Vision screenings fall under "basic" and "occupational" categories: basic vision includes near & far vision plus macular degeneration, while occupational vision is more inclusive and tests for visual acuity, binocular vision, depth/color perception, muscle balance, and peripheral vision.