Today we hosted a health fair for our employees and had a great turnout! There were experts on hand to perform biometric screenings which is one piece of our Wellness Program that will ultimately award participants with a lower medical insurance rate. The purpose of the biometric screening is to make people aware of their numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, height, weight, BMI, etc.). Poor health can be costly to companies and our nation’s healthcare system so we strive to promote healthy living habits to our employees. Preventive care and awareness are some of the best tools we have as employers to combat those high health costs and keep our workforce healthy and productive. The biometric screening is free, takes less than 15 minutes, and gives our employees a good snapshot of their health, most importantly things that might need additional attention.
We also had the LifeZibit Hands on Health Exhibit back this year. There were about 8 stations that covered different factors that can affect health…tobacco use, alcohol consumption, unmanaged diabetes and cholesterol, cancer, eating processed foods, etc. One really neat part of this exhibit was the emphysema demonstration at the smoking table. They passed out tiny coffee straws and asked you to take four deep breaths, breathing through the straw only, not through your nose. If you’ve never tried, it’s nearly impossible to breath normally through a coffee straw, and it’s a terrifying glimpse into what life might be like with emphysema.
A physician scheduler was also in attendance from CHS to help employees who did not have a primary care physician get set up with one.