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Health Screening 

Health Checks, sometimes known as Health Screening, describe a series of tests to help identify potential risks to health at any particular time. We view Health Screening as the start of a process, second only to a Digital Health Risk Assessment and not for the sake of checks alone. Once this data is gathered from participating employees, we can identify any risk and decide upon a course of remedial action in terms of physical or mental health. 
 
THE BUSINESS BENEFITS 
Health Screening will help to identify any potential health risks within your workforce, so that you can make informed and educated decisions regarding how and what to offer your employees, so that your business benefits from the results. The resulting report will help to: 
1. Formulate your programme 
 
2. Focus your planning on particular issues or identifiable concerns 
 
3. Determine whether the numbers justify offering activities on a group basis, or only to affected individuals. 

What is Health Screening? 

Once we have identified who is going to be screened, usually from results of the Digital Health Risk Assessment, our health technician takes each person through a series of non-invasive tests.These tests with options ranging from simple body composition checks to more in-depth testing, help to identify any existing health issues and potential health risks. As soon as the tests are concluded, a full report outlining the results and any recommendations is handed to the person being tested.  
 
Statistical data may be collected for planning a company well-being policy and any remedial programmes but this will remain totally anonymous with no personal identifying information passed to anyone other than the individual being tested. 
 
Health screening options include: 
Body Composition ‘Baseline Checks’ 
Lung Capacity/Lung Age 
Blood Pressure 
Self-Examination Breast Check Kit 
Intolerance Testing 
Drug and Alcohol Testing (including D&A Policies) 
 
Body Composition 'Baseline Checks' 
Standing with bare feet on our biometric scales allows us to collect data about your body weight, fat mass, muscle mass, bone weight, BMI, metabolic age, hydration levels and visceral fat readings. It is a totally painless and non-invasive test requiring you only to know your age and gender before stepping on the scales. This test is often done at the start of any fitness and/or weight loss programme and at regular intervals to check on progress. 
 
Lung Capacity/Lung Age 
The better your fitness levels, the easier it is for your lungs to keep your heart, your muscles and your body’s cells supplied with enough oxygen – which feeds our brains, repairs our cells and even calms our nerves. 
This evaluation of your respiratory system quite simply requires you to breathe with maximal effort into a tube. The test measures how much air you can hold after taking a deep breath in, how quickly you can exhale the air (carbon dioxide) and the strength of your breathing muscles. 
Results will vary depending on your age, sex and height – whilst factors such as lower fitness levels and smoking, or conditions such as asthma, can reduce lung capacity. A low volume may indicate risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 
 
Blood Pressure 
This measures the maximum pressure created in your blood circulatory system as your heart beats (Systolic) and in-between beats (Diastolic). High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms, but if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. 
 
 
Self-Examination Breast Check Kit 
This ‘take home’ kit contains a gel filled glove and a CD with instructions on how to check yourself for breast irregularities. 
 
Intolerance Testing 
This is a hair strand test whereby a sample is sent to a laboratory to check for both food and non-food product intolerance. 
 
Blood Chemistry Test 
A blood chemistry test is a painless procedure that involves testing a pin-prick of blood taken from the tip of your finger. Here are some of the tests that we offer: 
Total Cholesterol and/or Full Lipid Profile 
Blood Glucose (Diabetes) 
Liver Function 
Haemoglobin (Anemia) 
H-Pylori (Stomach Ulcers & IBS) 
Thyroid 
Prostate Specific Antigen Test 
 
Total Cholesterol and/or Full Lipid Profile 
This test measures the good and bad fats present in your body. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is produced naturally in the liver, which plays a vital role in cellular function, however, a high level of Cholesterol could lead to the blockage of arteries and could be an indicator of increased risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke. 
 
Blood Glucose (Diabetes) 
Blood glucose levels are ever changing and dependent on many factors including what is eaten and when. Checking the glucose (sugar) levels present in your blood, will determine how well your pancreas is working and whether you are at risk of developing diabetes. 
 
Liver Function 
The Liver helps to fight infection, regulate blood glucose, and remove waste products and toxins from our system. The liver function test screens for a build of enzymes (ALT & AST) which may indicate inflammation or liver damage. 
 
Haemoglobin (Anemia) 
Low Haemoglobin levels indicate a shortage of the oxygen carrying pigment in your red blood cells. Commonly referred to as Anemia, this can be due to an iron or vitamin B12 deficiency, poor diet or sustained bleeding. 
 
H-Pylori (Stomach Ulcers & IBS) 
Helicobacter Pylori (H-Pylori) is a bacterium that affects the digestive system, which left untreated can lead to ulcers in the stomach lining and/or small intestine. It may also be associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Most people do not know they are infected, and a positive result should be followed up with your GP. 
 
Thyroid 
The thyroid regulates the chemical processes that happen within our bodies, and our metabolism. This test measures Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels, and screens for hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid), with a long list of symptoms requiring investigation with your GP. 
 
Prostate Specific Antigen Test 
This test (for men only) checks protein levels in the blood, which may be an indication of an enlarged prostate. This can lead to symptoms of an obstructive nature due to narrowing of the urethra, infection and/or risk of prostate cancer. High readings would suggest further investigation with your GP. 
 
CA 125 or HE4 or 5 Protein Signature (OVA 1) 
This test (for women only) screens for protein markers in the blood that may indicate changes in ovarian tissue, which could lead to Ovarian or Endometrial Cancer. Low or high readings may be an indication of problems with ovaries, which are in themselves inconclusive. High readings would suggest further investigation with your GP. 
 
Drug and Alcohol Testing (Including setting policy) 
We can assist your company in addressing the growing misuse of drugs and alcohol in the first instance, by helping you adopt a clear concise police on what constitutes unacceptable behavior. Non invasive testing is carried out on-site by our trained and fully certified collection officers, using Home Office Approved equipment. Results are checked at UKAS accredited laboratories where relevant which means they can be used in a Court of Law and tribunals. 
 
Important Information 
Health screening results serve as an initial measure, accurate at the time of testing. Results should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. They are not a substitute for medical surveillance; therefore, identification of any health issues should be presented to your GP for diagnosis or treatment. 

THE RESULTS 

At the end of the tests, the person that has been screened is given a personal and private report, summarising the findings and making recommendations for improvement which could include a recommendation to seek medical help. From a business perspective, this collective results help us formulate plans for remedial training whether that be for mental or physical health. 
Our advice is focused on: 
 
Prevention practices – what to do to prevent, lessen or reverse a particular problem 
Good nutrition and healthy eating – usually geared towards weight loss 
Regular activity and fitness 
Stress management 
If you would like to know more about Health Screening and how it would benefit your employees and subsequently help your business, call or email june.srivalsan@celebratehf.co.uk to arrange a chat or to book a free consultation at your place of work. 
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