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Lifestyle Choices that are the Biggest Causes of Obesity

We asked over 20,000 people five simple lifestyle questions and then performed biometric screenings on all of them to measure BMI/Waist, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Blood Sugar levels.  Our 3 findings surprised even us. The five questions we asked were: Where do you prefer to exercise when you make the time? a. Local member-based [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Biometric Screenings are What?

Google “What is a biometric screening?” and you’ll get any number of articles that describe biometric screenings as “a measurement of physical attributes such as height, weight, blood pressure and more – that can be taken at a worksite and used as part of a workforce wellness program.” You’ll see test menus and descriptions on [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Why Is Self-Reporting Acceptable Within Employee Wellness?

If your organization has an employee wellness program, you likely pay to have biometric screenings performed on your employees by a third party.  Why?  There really is just one answer to this question – it’s because you are concerned that if you allow your employees to self-report their measurements, the answers will be wrong, any analysis [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Best Practices, Blog|1 Comment

Point-of-Care “FingerStick” A1c Health Screenings STILL PROHIBITED

Based on the enormous response to our last blog, 7 Lesser-Known Biometric Screening Regulations, it is apparent that several people were still not aware that POINT-OF-CARE “FINGERSTICK” HbA1c SCREENINGS AT THE WORKSITE IS PROHIBITED UNDER FEDERAL REGULATIONS. We thought it would be beneficial to provide everyone with the supporting information we are providing to those [...]

By |August 17th, 2016|Blog, Compliance|0 Comments

Tony Romo is Overweight; Russell Wilson is Clinically Obese. Why BMI for Athletes May Not Be Correct.

Tony Romo recently made headlines due to a picture released with reports that he is overweight. In the picture he was wearing body protection which made Romo’s torso appear more robust than his actual body. The team responded that Mr. Romo is in good shape, and we believe them. Curious on this issue, we decided [...]

By |August 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

7 Lesser-Known Employee Health Screening Regulations

In the employee health screening industry, compliance is not scrutinized enough by clients in our opinion. Biometric screening vendors are required to “represent & warrant” that they follow all state and federal health screening regulations, but little is done to verify compliance. Some companies find the cost of compliance is not worth it. However, being [...]

By |July 27th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

CNN’s Fittest States Unintentionally Biased: The Importance of Workforce Data, Part 2

Each year, CNN releases its “Weight of the Union” – a ranking of each of the 50 states by obesity rate. The analysis is based the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System which is a state based system of health surveys established by the CDC in 1984 and is the largest ongoing telephone health survey [...]

By |June 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

CNN’s Fittest Cities Unintentionally Biased: The Importance of Workforce Data, Part 1

On May 23, 2016 CNN released its ranking of the 50 largest metro areas from the fittest to the least fit based on the Annual Fitness Index (AFI) which is compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine. The largest single data source for the AFI is a system of health-related telephone surveys called the [...]

By |June 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

4 Terrifying Situations of Failed Biometric Screenings: Part 2

We hope you are enjoying these lessons learned. If you aren’t confident that you or your partner have processes in place to safeguard against issues like these, you might find our recommendations with each story helpful. 1. You Did an Onsite Screening, Where!? A large employer in the Mid-West came to us with a story [...]

By |March 8th, 2016|Best Practices, Blog|0 Comments

4 Terrifying Situations of Failed Biometric Screenings: Part 1

When trying to engage employees in your wellness programs, botched biometric screenings are particularly counterproductive. We get it. When clients run to us looking for refuge from bad screening experiences, they usually share their prior horror stories. In the spirit of learning from the mistakes of others, we are passing a few of these anecdotes [...]

By |February 29th, 2016|Best Practices, Blog|0 Comments