Employers search for fun and interesting ways to increase health awareness among employees and provide ideas and avenues to stay fit, feel better and be healthier and more productive. Encouraging healthy habits and exploring preventive health care will reduce absenteeism and medical costs.
Parkview Workplace Wellness can help you plan and manage a health program.
Possible health screenings and the information we can provide include:
- Hemogram – A broad screening test to check for disorders such as anemia, infection and many other diseases. It is a panel of tests that examines different parts of the blood. The CBC is a very common test used to help determine general health status. If they are healthy and have cell populations that are within normal limits, they may not require another CBC until their health status changes or until their doctor feels that it is necessary.
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) -a component of semen, produced by the prostate) – It is a normal process for some PSA to leak into the bloodstream. As a male ages, more leakage can occur. Problems with the prostate, such as prostatitis (prostate infection), BPH (benign prostatic enlargement), or cancer may cause extra PSA to enter the blood. The American Cancer Society recommends a PSA screening annually for men beginning at 50 years of age and to younger men who are at high risk.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) – TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and stimulates the release of hormones from the thyroid gland. Abnormalities may indicate hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. The American Thyroid Association recommends that adults be screened for thyroid dysfunction beginning at age 35 and every 5 years thereafter. Individuals with risk factors may require more frequent screening.
- Ultrasenitive – C-Reactive Protein (CRP) – A protein produced by the body in response to inflammation, infection, and tissue injury. Measurement of small amounts of this protein, ultra sensitive CRP, can help predict the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Increased ultra sensitive CRP values are associated with increased risk of future cardiovascular disease. Persons affected by recent illness, tissue injury, infection, or general inflammatory conditions such as arthritis will have falsely elevated ultra sensitive CRP levels giving inaccurate estimates of risk. Because the accurate prediction of cardiovascular disease is dependent on additional factors other than ultra sensitive CRP, all results should be discussed with the participant’s physician.
Employees who have results showing at a critical level are contacted by a physician on our medical staff.
Employees should plan on sharing all results with their family physician and often can save money for the health plan because tests do not need to be repeated.