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Health Risk Assessment - How to Make Yours a Success!

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Written by: Kristine Keykal, M.P.H. | Co-Founder & CEO of AdvantageHealth

Health Risk Assessment / Wellness Profile / Personal Health Assessment

Whatever name you give it, this critical step serves as the foundation for your corporate wellness program.

For a complete picture of your employee population, these three assessments are critical:1) needs & interest survey, 2) Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and 3) biometric screenings. Theses assessment serve as the starting point and can provide your organization with a snapshot of your employees' health, their needs and wants and allow you to measure change from year to year. 

What is an HRA? 

This online or paper-based tool is typically about 50-60 questions and is designed to assess all areas of well-being. It will identify health risks and suggest what preventive actions participants can take to achieve and maintain optimum health

The health assessment is typically implemented by your health plan or a third party vendor, such as AdvantageHealth, in order to preserve employee privacy.

Why should we do an HRA at our Organization?

In addition to individuals receiving a personalized report on their health, the organization will receive de-identified aggregated reports in order to assist with wellness program planning and evaluation. To help make this implementation a success, employers should incent completion and clearly explain that the results are confidential and how they will be used. 

The higher the participation in the health assessment, the greater picture that you will receive about your groups health risks.

How often should a HRA be done?

Collecting data should be done every year ideally, or at a minimum, every other year. This data will serve as a current snapshot of your organization's health status as well as allow you to determine when changes in health occur over time.

What you can expect from AdvantageHealth's HRA:

Personal Wellness Profile™: AdvantageHealth utilizes the Personal Wellness Profile™ (PWP) for our health risk assessment. The purpose of the PWP is to provide the information and motivation necessary for individuals and organizations to assess lifestyle habits and other health-related issues. 

This tool includes approximately 60 questions, plus the option to add up to 15 customized questions. After completing the questionnaire, participants receive a personalized report detailing their health habits and suggestions for improvement. 

In addition, group reports are provided for organizations in order to assess high risk areas and measure return-on-investment. The PWP is available in both online and paper formats (English, Spanish and French-Canadian).

AdvantageHealth can provide wellness program consulting, as well as assist with employee wellness program implementation and evaluation to create a comprehensive wellness program for your budget. 


Plan Your Fall 2020 Virtual Employee Wellness Programming

AdvantageHealth is also offering many virtual employee wellbeing programs to keep your workforce healthy and strong while working remotely during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Let us help you put together an integrated virtual wellness program for your staff. Programming options include:


Learn More or Get Started:

Email Kristine Keykal at to get started or call 612.823.4470 (select option “1”).

Since 2001, Minnesota-based AdvantageHealth has been delivering award-winning employee wellbeing programs and fitness center design & management throughout the U.S.

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