Employee Wellness Blog

The [Biometric] Results Are In

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Each year, TotalWellness collects extensive data to better understand the health status of U.S. employees. In 2018 alone, we conducted over 100,000 biometric screenings across workplaces in the United States.

Our biometric screenings consist of a variety of health measures including:  

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Waist circumference

These screenings offer pertinent insight to the well-being and health of employees — both men and women. From C-suite leadership to blue and white collar workers, we’ve screened everyone in-between to get a thorough idea of employee wellness. Once the results are finalized, we share a report with each company’s wellness team to better support employees through wellness programming.

Now, we want to share the nationwide results with you.

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Your Top Questions About Employee Biometric Screenings Answered

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Employee health screenings are one of the most important aspects of a successful workplace wellness program. Why? Because without annual screenings, an employer can’t accurately gauge the health and wellness needs of their workforce. Not to mention, employees are likely to be in the dark about any potential risks to their health.

Biometric screenings are an effective preventative service for your employees. The results obtained from these screenings give employees a snapshot of their current health status. Screening events help employees learn if they are at risk for high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. The results show employees where they might need to make some changes in their daily habits to improve their overall health.

Planning an employee biometric screening is a great step in the right direction in providing preventative healthcare assistance for your employees. However, we know that planning these types of events – especially if it’s your first time – can be a bit challenging. As you begin to plan your event, you’ll probably have some questions. 

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Here’s How Employers Should Prepare for a Summer Biometric Screening

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, May 24, 2018

Hosting an onsite employee biometric screening is a great way to kick-start the summer with some new wellness initiatives. If you plan on hosting a health screening this summer, there are a few things you might want to be prepared for.

Each season offers its own unique set of challenges when it comes to hosting wellness events. However, while there might be some potential challenges, the summer is definitely a great time to host a screening. Since your wellness initiatives might lose some steam over the warmer months, it’s always a good idea to get a fresh conversation about health and wellness started in your office.

The following are a few challenges you might run into while planning a biometric screen during the summertime, plus some tips to help you make your summer screening successful. 

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Going Beyond the Results: How One Company Utilized Screening Results to Improve Employee Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Biometric screenings are a fantastic tool for employers to utilize. Screenings are an easy way to get employees involved in your workplace wellness initiatives and learn more about their current health status. They provide helpful information for both employers and employees by collecting health data that can be translated into actionable goals. It’s a convenient and free opportunity for employees to take a more active role in their health and gain some motivation to develop healthier habits. 

Typically, a biometric screening consists of a simple finger prick or venipuncture blood draw and measures the following health factors: 

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Waist circumference
  • Glucose
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL and LDL cholesterol
  • Triglycerides

Offering an annual biometric screening is an essential step in creating a successful employee wellness program. Results obtained from the screenings provide a baseline for employee health, and employers can use these results to track wellness progress, trends, and changes over time. Most screening providers provide an aggregate report after your company’s screening has been completed. While these reports are beneficial for collecting data, many employers aren’t exactly sure what to do with this data.

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7 Tips to Help You Have Your Best Biometric Screening Yet

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Hopefully your company offers your employees the opportunity to participate in an annual biometric screening (if not, please click here for your own good!). Yearly screenings are one of the most important aspects of a successful workplace wellness program. Results of these screenings can offer a lot of valuable insight to your employees’ overall health and provide them with their key health numbers, including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

These results can be used to track wellness progress year after year, and help keep employees motivated to making healthier lifestyle choices. If your company has done a biometric screening before, you might have noticed that not every employee was thrilled with their results.

It’s normal for most employees to be a bit nervous about what their screening results will say. No one wants to see their numbers fall into unhealthy ranges! It’s important that your employees understand that a biometric screening is just a snapshot of their health at any given moment. It shows them what their numbers are on the specific day and time of their screening. While the screening can be an excellent indicator of overall health, it doesn’t always paint the whole picture.

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Start Focusing on Prevention in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people – had one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions. These chronic diseases and conditions – including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, and certain types of cancer – are some of the most common, deadliest, and costly health issues in the United States.

The good news is many of these chronic diseases and conditions can be prevented. However, many adults don’t practice preventative behaviors to help lower their risks for these diseases. This could be because many people are uneducated about the power of prevention or how to live a healthier lifestyle to combat these risks. One possible solution for this is developing a workplace wellness program that focuses on prevention. Focusing on the power of prevention could help educate employees on how to reduce their risk for these serious health problems before it’s too late.

Employers should view prevention as a priority for employee wellness. Not only do these chronic diseases and conditions slow down a workforce, they’re extremely costly too. In fact, the CDC states that 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual healthcare expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. Because many of these costs can be reduced through preventative healthcare, it’s crucial that employers emphasis prevention in their employee wellness programs.

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Key Numbers for Heart Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Did you know that numbers could save your life? Sure, you probably know “911” as the ultimate life-saving number, but your health numbers are just as important to know by heart!

When it comes to measuring individual health, knowing your numbers helps you take control of your health and your life. These key numbers help you assess your risk for serious illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.  

Unfortunately, many of us are uninformed about our health numbers and why they are so important. A recent study by Cleveland Clinic shows that many Americans worry about dying of heart disease, but are unaware of their basic risk levels. For example, nearly half (46%) of those surveyed knew their bank account balance, while just 18% could state their body mass index and only 38% knew their blood pressure.

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Have Your Best Biometric Screening Yet

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Hopefully you’ve done a biometric screening at your workplace (if not, please click here—for your own good!). If you’ve done a screening at work, you probably noticed that some of your employees were less than thrilled about it.

At any biometric screening, some people will be scared of needles or getting their fingers stuck. Some might be worried about the time spent at the screening, or even annoyed to be taking time out of their work day.

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Here’s Why You Should Know the Health Status of Your Workforce

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Most biometric screenings culminate in some type of aggregate wellness report indicating the health status of your workforce. That aggregate report can be so valuable for your company—if you use it right.

Unfortunately, not every company uses their aggregate report correctly. Some companies don’t use it at all. Other companies don’t even host biometric screenings because they’re convinced the data won’t help them or that it’s none of their business.

And that’s a huge missed opportunity.

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Gearing Up for a Summer Biometric Screening

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Are you planning to host a biometric screening during the summer? If so, there are a few things you might want to be prepared for.

Each season offers its own unique challenges when it comes to hosting wellness events. In all honesty, though, there is no bad time for a biometric screening. It’s always a good idea to get the conversation about health started in your office.

Something things you might run into during the summer season…

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