Sunday, August 16, 2009

HealthPass Appointment

For those of you who aren't familiar with HealthPass, it is an annual benefit for HMSA members. There are three components to HealthPass: a health risk assessment (that evaluates your health behaviors and lifestyle choices); biometric measurements, which include height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, waist circumference, and body fat percentage; and fianlly, a Health Consultant will have a comprehensive discussion with you on the results. On Thursday, I went for the biometric part of the appointment.

The first image is the waiting room in the Kaimuki HealthPass center. They have a nice little display of interesting facts. My favorite being a model of 5 pounds of fat. The next image is the blood pressure machine then you see my finger being poked. The Medical Assistant does this to get a small sample for the machine in the next picture, which measures glucose and cholesterol levels. The final image is me standing on something called a Tanita scale. It takes your weight and measures your body fat percentage.

Overall, the experience was great. As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If we really want to see changes to health care in this country, it will start with taking preventive measures such as these.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your HealthPass appointment, call (808) 948-6456 on Oahu or 1 (800) 525-6548 on the neighbor islands.


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