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What is a biometric screening (and why should I care)?

When it comes to playing the numbers, the lottery is one thing — but your health is another. And it’s not something you want to leave to chance.

That’s where biometric screenings — which get you up close and personal with the numbers that count — come in.

Biometric screenings explained

Despite its fancy-sounding name, it’s really just a mini-physical, often done where you work, by a nurse or other healthcare technician. A biometric screening measures some basic physical characteristics like your height and weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as several other health indicators.

These numbers provide a snapshot of your overall wellbeing. They can shed light on health conditions you may not even be aware of, or indicate your risk for serious illnesses such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease down the road.

Knowing your key numbers (and whether they could use some improvement) will give you the motivation you need to develop healthier habits — so you can live your best life.

The screening takes only a few minutes to complete. It’s offered as part of your health plan, and you may even get some rewards for completing it!

Just so you know, a biometric screening shouldn’t replace your annual checkup with your primary care doctor. Think of it as a convenient (and free) way to keep your health goals on the right track.

What does a biometric screening test for?

Here’s a quick list of some of the tests you might receive. These may differ depending on your employer and the company running the screenings, but it’s a pretty good summary of what to expect.

  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol/lipid panels
  • Glucose
  • Complete blood count (CBC)

Where do I get screened?

Often, a mobile lab will come to your workplace. In other cases, you may have to visit an outside lab.

Will I take a blood test?

Yes, biometric screenings usually include taking a blood sample to test cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and other metrics.

What happens next?

Biometric screenings can help you figure out how best to take advantage of your company’s wellness programs. For instance, if losing weight will improve your health, and your company offers gym membership discounts, go for it!

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