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What you don’t know can impact your quality of life

Friday, September 23, 2016

When your oil change light or any other light on your dashboard goes on, you call to schedule an appointment with your local mechanic. However, you’ve been ignoring that pain in your back for months. Many of us take better care of our vehicles with scheduling regular maintenance than we do our bodies. While we’ll have many vehicles in our lifetime, we only have one body.

A health risk assessment (HRA) is a self-reported health questionnaire, used to provide individuals with an evaluation of their health risks and quality of life. A HRA identifies health behaviors and risk factors such as smoking, physical activity and nutritional habits. The feedback from the assessment can help reduce these risk factors as well as related diseases.

The numbers you should be familiar with and keep a record of include: blood glucose (sugar in your blood), blood pressure, total cholesterol or HDL (also called the good cholesterol) and LDL cholesterol (often referred to as the bad cholesterol).
Use HRA results to create a dialog with your healthcare provider to make health decisions by prioritizing risks and setting goals. Daily choices and attitude are ultimately up to you and will greatly impact your quality of life.

Regular physical exams ensure you are receiving the care and attention you need to prevent and/or treat illnesses. Your body doesn’t come with a warranty. Take the time to schedule annual appointments, for the health of it.

At TVH our Nudge Program is designed to encourage and support the healthy lifestyle. In addition, our on-site Health Clinic provides annual Health Risk Assessments for all employees. Knowledge is empowering; however, action is required. As John F. Kennedy stated, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” The same is true of your health; you don’t have to be sick to get better.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs or health and wellness at your workplace contact Lucy DelSarto at editorial@mhnetwork.com.

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