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What is Health Screening? 

Biometric screening is a clinical screening that measures certain physical predictors of health, such as

  • height

  • weight

  • body mass index (BMI)

  • blood pressure

  • blood sugar

 

The goal of a health screening is to give a snapshot of your health and alert you to any changes in your health status.  The screening may be offered by your employer, your union, a public health organization, or nonprofit groups. It may also include wellness counseling and education, risk assessments, and exercise programs.  Health screening isn’t a substitute for a regular physical examination by your healthcare provider. It doesn’t diagnose disease. But it may indicate possible risk factors.  Health screening can alert you to potential health conditions, such as:

What health indicators are measured? 

During a health screening, your vital statistics are measured, and blood work is usually part of the screening, too.  A health screening is typically used to measure and assess your:

 

Some screening programs may include a measure of your aerobic fitness or ask about your tobacco use or exercise habits.

What can you expect with a health screening?

A typical screening usually only takes 15 to 20 minutes. During the procedure you can expect the following:

  1. You will complete a brief medical questionnaire.     

  2. A  nurse or community health worker will measure your height and weight.

  3. A nurse or community health worker will  measure your waist circumference.

  4. A nurse or community health worker will take your blood pressure.

  5. A nurse or community health worker will do a quick finger stick to check your blood sugar

Remember, Woodford County Health Department clinical staff do not diagnose illness, disease, or injury, but we will make referrals if any of your health screening results warrant follow-up with a physician who can perform additional diagnostic tests to ensure optimal health outcomes.  

 

Where do I go for the health screening?

We will come to you!    We love taking our mobile unit our to area farms, schools, factories,  office buildings, churches, festivals, and events!   If you would like for us to come to your location, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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