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Community Wellness provides on-site health promotion services to our local work sites. Health fairs, with biometric screenings and information, assist employees in their efforts at improving their health. Lunch-n-Learn sessions are effective at sharing information in an efficient and relaxed manner. Courses in CPR, First Aid and blood borne pathogens are also available on-site to meet the employers educational needs.
Health Assessment & Screenings
The following options are provided to allow customization based on group need.
Blood PressureThis measurement is conducted easily and is suggested with any of the other services. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the three major risk factors for heart disease and is the number one risk factor for stroke. The participant receives immediate feedback.
Body Mass Index (BMI)This assessment is comprised of height and weight measurement which is then used to calculate the BMI. The participant receives immediate feedback.
- Glucose: This test requires a fingerstick to obtain the sample. Participants receive immediate feedback and education on diabetes. Fasting is preferred but not required.
- Cholesterol/HDL and Ratio/Glucose: This blood test requires a fingerstick to obtain a sample. Elevated cholesterol is one of the three major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Participants receive immediate feedback and education on cholesterol. Fasting is preferred but not required
- Cholesterol/HDL and Ratio, and Triglycerides/Glucose: This panel of blood tests assesses total cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the cholesterol to HDL ratio, and triglycerides. Fingerstick is required for sample collection. Participants receive immediate feedback and education on lipids. Fasting is preferred but required.
- Metabolic Panels
These tests require a venipuncture and the specimen is processed in the Augusta Health laboratory. Results are shared with the employee at a later time. Fasting preferred.
- CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Profile): Includes GLU, BUN, CRET, BILI, ALK PHOS, SGOT, SGPT, TOTAL PRO, ALB, CA, NA, K, CL, CO2, AN GAP
- BMP (Basic Metabolic Profile): Includes GLU, BUN, CRET, CA, NA, K, CL, CO2, AN GAP
- (CBC) Complete Blood Count: This test reports the total number of white and red blood cells and platelets and also provides specific information about shape, size, and density of these cells. The test requires a venipuncture and the specimen is processed in the Augusta Health laboratory. Results are shared with the employee at a later time. Fasting not required.
- Lipid Panel: This panel of blood tests assesses total cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), the cholesterol to HDL ratio, and triglycerides. This test requires a venipuncture to obtain the sample. Fasting for 12 hours prior to the collection of the sample is strongly recommended to ensure accurate results. The specimen is processed in the Augusta Health laboratory and results are shared with the employee at a later time, convenient to both parties.
- Glucose: This test analyzes blood glucose. This can be added to a Lipid Panel, when the company does not choose full Metabolic Panels. This test requires a venipuncture to obtain the sample. Fasting is strongly recommended.
- Hemoglobin A1C: This test analyzes the average blood glucose over a three month period. This test requires a venipuncture to obtain the sample. Fasting is not required.
Hepatitis B Surface Antibody ScreeningThis blood test is used to assess the effectiveness of the Hepatitis B Vaccines and to determine if a booster is warranted.
Prostate Cancer ScreeningThe PSA screening test is offered with optional physical exam coordinated with the employer's medical director. The blood test is drawn in advance, so that results are available at the time of the physical exam.
Health Risk Appraisal (HRA)Using a program developed by TEST WELL, the employee completes a lifestyle questionnaire on line. Required medical information including height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol are obtained by the Wellness staff. The information is processed and the employee receives a printed, computer-generated assessment of health risk. Suggestions for lifestyle modification of identified risk behaviors are reviewed with the individual by the Wellness staff.
Tuberculosis Screening (TB)CDC recognizes that this is a diminishing health threat within the US and general skin testing is reserved for high risk employees, such as those in the health care field. It is suggested that other employers utilize a questionnaire, administered by a health professional, to evaluate the risk of TB infection or disease with each employee to determine if the skin test procedure is required.
Mammography ScreeningMammograms are offered at Augusta Health and the Staunton Outpatient Center.
Health Promotion Programs
- Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Classes
- Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) Classes
- Gain Independence From Tobacco (GIFT)
Back on Track
This course is designed to provide the blue-collar employee with practical information and actual techniques to prevent back injuries and promote back care. Sessions include the following topics and can be modified in length:
- Back Anatomy
- Risk Factors for Back Injuries
- Exercise and Flexibility
- Common Back Injuries/Discomforts
- Low Back Pain/Injury Prevention
- Proper Postures/Lifting
- Coping with Pain/Relaxation Techniques
Cancer and Heart Disease Prevention
This course deals specifically with nutrition and activity education as it relates to the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
Self Care "Health Cents"
This program is designed to assist the employee with decisions to reduce emergency room and physician office visits, encouraging the employee to be a wise consumer of health care.
This program may be presented in any format compatible with the work schedule. Sessions include stressor identification, living a distress-resistant lifestyle and productive worrying.
Miscellaneous Health Education Presentations
These programs include nutrition topics, benefits of exercise, effective communication, recognizing substance abuse in the workplace, or any topic desired by the employer that Community Wellness or another Augusta Health department might provide. Please see our Presentation Topics list.
All programs are designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the employer and can be modified in length or design.
Health Presentation Topics
Topics are modified for specific group needs.
- What's Stopping You? Overcoming Barriers
- Ready, Set, Change: Readiness For Change
- Small Steps of Change: Smart Goal Setting
- Wellness Puzzle: Missing Any Pieces? – Explore the holistic wellness model
Physical Wellness (Nutrition / Activity)
- Activity without Spandex
- Breakfast On The Go
- Rainbow On The Go: Brown Bag Lunches
- Throw Away Those Diet Books: Fad Diets
- Family, Fun & Fitness
- The Sitting Disease
- Combating Snack Attacks: Healthy Snacks
- Helping Your Child Maintain a Healthy Weight
- But It's Just a Cupcake!
- What's The Shape of Your Pyramid? Label Reading/Food Pyramid
- Portion Distortion: The New American Plate
- Shopping on the Edge: Healthy Grocery Shopping
- Eating Healthy on a Budget
- Dining Out: A Guide to Menu Selection
- Do You Want Fat With That? : Healthier Fast Food Choices
Health & Safety Issues
- Help Your Employees, Help Themselves and Your Company's Bottom Line
- Know Your Numbers Before Your Numbers Come Up: Heart Health
- Metabolic syndrome, Pre-diabetes and Diabetes: What exactly are they and how are they different?
- Wrinkles To Emphysema: Hazards of Tobacco
- Gain Independence From Tobacco: Smoking Cessation
- Do You Want a Tobacco Free Campus?
- Bone Up On Calcium: Prevention of Osteoporosis
- Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Current Screening Recommendations
- Colon Cancer – The Unspeakable One
- Blood Born Pathogen – What we need to know and do.
- Save Your Back – Strengthen Up and Avoid Injury
- Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap: American Cancer Society Sun Safety Tips
- Fever, Aches and Pains: When To Seek Medical Help
- Splinters, Splints, Sprains: Household First Aid
- The Flu – Influenza or GI (stomach flu)?
- Immunizations: Aren't they just kid's stuff?
Emotional / Mental Wellness
- Am I Worth It? : Self-esteem
- Fight, Flight or Flow: Stress Management
- Laughter- The Best Medicine: Humor & Health
- Count To Ten and Breathe: Relaxation Techniques
- Deep Roots: Source of Strength
Blood-borne Pathogen Education
This one-hour program meets the OSHA standard by addressing diseases caused by blood-borne pathogens, universal precautions, and Hepatitis B vaccination program and exposure protocol.
CPR: Adult/Child Heartsaver
This three-hour course includes CPR and the Heimlich maneuver for adults and children.
CPR: Adult, Child, and Infant Heartsaver
This four-hour course includes CPR and choking procedures for adults, children, and infants.
This four-hour course provides hands on instruction in the use of the automated external defibrillator, along with adult and child CPR, and choking procedures.
CPR is a pre-requisite for this three-hour class that addresses common workplace emergencies. This class can be lengthened to include demonstrations and practical application of skills.
Course times will be shorter if participants are not first time students of CPR.
The following vaccines are available with administration performed at the workplace if desired:
A series of 3 vaccines over a period of 6 months to provide immunity to Hepatitis B, a blood-borne pathogen that can be life-threatening.
A vaccine that is produced annually to provide immunity for the expected respiratory flu virus (es) of the year. Ideal administration is performed between mid-October and mid-November.
A vaccine recommended to prevent tetanus or lock jaw, administrated every 10 years.
Additional Seasonal Vaccines
Additional seasonal vaccines as deemed necessary by CDC: example: H1N1 2009-2010.