Posted on : 28-10-2009 | By : Health Promotion | In : Health Promotion Programs
Employee health screening, typically offered through a health fair or wellness fair, are among the best ways to identity past, current, and potential health issues among a companies employees.
When used in conjunction with the health risk assessments, employee health screenings are an effective way for employers to help educate employees about their health status.
Types of Employee Health Screening
The most common types of employee health screening offered at the workplace include blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, glucose testing (diabetes risk), body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.
Depending on how complex employers want their health fair you can also include additional health screenings including bone mineral density, lung function testing, vision, hearing, and skin cancer screenings and many others.
The more employees know about their health, the better their chances of making change. Knowledge is power! However, most often the type and amount of screenings offered is solely based on cost of services.
Does Employee Health Screening Help?
Early detection and chronic disease prevention is very important to addressing increased medical care claims among organizations. Knowing employee health risk factors not only allows behavior change but save lives, and can help prevents excess health claim costs down the road.
By way of example, the average treatment cost for early detection of prostate cancer is about $45,000 versus treatment at a later stage is $145,000. The difference is a life but it also is the cost of a wonderful, comprehensive Workplace Health and Wellness Program. If funding is an issue for upper management, be sure to share this information with them.
On-site employee health screening is often low-cost and we generally recommend that employers host opportunities like this once a year. The most important thing you can provide employees is a chance to achieve or maintain good quality of life.
A large majority of employers allocate wellness benefits to employees annually for preventative care exams (mammograms, blood tests, immunizations, etc). While this is a wonderful benefits, a large majority of employees either don’t realize they have it, don’t know how to use it, or just plain don’t get routine exams when they need it for whatever reason.
Giving employees access to employee health screening and other services onsite removes the barriers like lack of time and inconvenience for employees making it more likely that they will participate.