August 29, 2011
Aimee Shea, MPH, RD, CSO, LD
We’ve all heard the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” but how many of us actually routinely receive preventive services? Preventive services, which are also known as routine health screenings, can include regular physical exams conducted by your primary care physician, blood tests (such as blood sugar or cholesterol), certain measurements (like weight and blood pressure), immunizations (i.e. vaccines), and screening tests to look for signs of cancer or heart disease. All of these services can help your doctor identify common, yet potentially serious, health concerns early – and early detection means early, and hopefully more successful, treatment.
So how do you know which preventive services you need? The best thing to do is check with your general doctor. He or she should be able to tell you which tests you need, and how often you need them, based on your gender, age, and family history. You can also check out this resource from the Mayo Clinic that provides customized health screening guidelines: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/health-screening/WO00112. In general, all adult men and women should have their weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels checked regularly. Other routine screenings for women include a Pap test for cervical cancer, a mammogram for breast cancer, and a colonoscopy for colorectal cancer – check with your doctor on how often you need these tests. For men, your doctor will likely recommend a colonoscopy for colorectal cancer and a PSA test for prostate cancer, both at regular intervals. And don’t forget that children need preventive services too. The most important of which are vaccines – your child’s pediatrician will be able to recommend which shots are needed and at what age.
Keeping up with routine health screenings is key to preventing disease and staying healthy, and The Rite Bite can help you stay on top of these services. Our Corporate Wellness Program offers health screenings & clinics. The Rite Bite health screenings include measurement of blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), percent body fat, waist circumference, cholesterol (including HDL, LDL, and triglycerides), and blood glucose, in addition to one-on-one health coaching to discuss your screening results, review your lifestyle habits and provide personalized recommendations on how you can improve your health. The Rite Bite employees are happy to come to your place of employment to conduct health screenings. If you’re interested in setting up a health screening for your employees, please contact us at 866-668-RITE (7483) to discuss custom corporate packages. Take your health into your own hands, and schedule your routine health screenings right away!