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Screenings & Assessments Descriptions

AdvantageHealth professionals stress prevention. Our formula is to identify health risks as early as possible using a variety of discovery and assessment techniques. The results are kept confidential, shared only with the individual and AdvantageHealth professionals.



  • Bone Density: Bone density testing can be the first step in identifying the risk of developing osteoporosis. AdvantageHealth experts conduct a simple heel ultrasound to measure bone mineral density, indicating your potential risk for future bone health issues.

  • Cholesterol & Glucose: Screening consists of our staff obtaining a small fingerstick blood sample, which is processed onsite within a few minutes. (Venipuncture available in some locations. If interested, please inquire.)

    • Total Cholesterol and Glucose: 2-hour fast suggested, but not mandatory.

    • Total Cholesterol, HDL, Ratio: No fast required.

    • Total Cholesterol, HDL, Ratio and Glucose: 2-hour fast suggested, but not mandatory.

    • Lipid Profile, including Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Ratio, Triglycerides: 12-hour fast suggested, but not mandatory.

    • Lipid Profile, including Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Ratios, Triglycerides and Glucose: 12-hour fast suggested, but not mandatory.

  • At-Home Cholesterol/Glucose Kits available as well. These kits are ideal for participants who cannot attend a worksite screening, or who work in a remote location.




  • Blood Pressure: Checked using a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope, these numbers are a key indicator of heart health.

  • Body Fat: Measuring body fat can help to differentiate between lean muscle and fat. Using skinfold calipers, measurements are taken at three sites on the body. Body fat can also be measured via a hand-held bioimpedance analyzer, which passes a low frequency electrical current through the body.

  • Body Mass Index (Height and Weight): Based on height and weight, this calculation is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Screening consists of stepping up and down on a 12-inch step for three minutes. Heart rate is checked at the radial artery after stepping to measure the participant’s recovery heart rate and fitness level.

  • Flexibility: Performed by having the participant reach forward on a sit-and-reach box. Measures flexibility of the hamstrings and low back.

  • Hips and Waist Circumference: With a tape measure, circumference measurements are done above the navel and at the widest part of the hips. These measurements can be used to assess risk for developing future health problems.

  • Muscular Endurance: Participants complete as many bent-leg sit-ups as they can in one minute to measure the endurance of the abdominal

  • Muscular Strength: Participants squeeze a hand dynamometer to measure static strength of the forearms, which correlates to total upper body strength.

  • Resting Heart Rate: Checked at the radial artery, this number may provide an indicator of overall physical fitness.




  • Hearing Awareness: Using a pure tone audiometer, this screening tests how well an individual hears various high and low frequencies.

  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c): The HbA1c test measures the total amount of hemoglobin A1c in your blood. Comparing the results of your initial HbA1c test to the results of subsequent tests can determine if you are properly managing your diabetes.

  • Hi-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (CRP): Inflammation (swelling) of the arteries has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease. The body produces CRP during the general process of inflammation.

  • Lung Function: Lung function is screened by having the participant blow into a small, hand-held spirometer. This screening is ideal for encouraging participants to quit smoking and/or decrease exposure to other pollutants, to increase exercise, and to appropriately manage existing lung conditions, such as asthma and allergies.

  • Nicotine (Cotinine): Our two options for nicotine testing (saliva or blood) detect cotinine, which is the principle metabolite of nicotine. Testing via saliva yields a result within 10 minutes. Blood samples collected via a fingerstick are sent to a lab for processing with results available within 48 hours.

  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA): The PSA test measures a chemical substance produced by the prostate gland. Certain conditions of the prostate may raise the level of PSA in the blood and, while elevated levels of PSA are not harmful, they can be an important signal of possible prostate disease.

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): TSH is a laboratory analysis that measures a chemical substance in the blood called thyroid stimulating hormone. This test will help you and your health care provider identify and/or monitor an underactive or overactive thyroid.

  • Visual Acuity: Using a Titmus machine, a visual acuity screen is conducted to see how well individuals see both near and far. A glaucoma screen can also be done to check for early signs of this blinding disease.

  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many common and serious diseases including some cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.




  • 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).

  • Individual reports include:

    • Individual Overview

    • Trend Report


  • Group reports include:

    • Executive Summary Report

    • Productivity & Economic Benefits Report

    • Group Progress Report


  • Health Needs & Interest Survey: Employee input is essential to the success of any wellness program. AdvantageHealth will customize a survey to assess program interests, modes of delivery, preferred programming times and potential participation from your employees. This will give your organization a starting point and is also critical for establishing benchmark data. AdvantageHealth distributes, collects and analyzes data and presents information in a summarized report. Paper and online surveys are available.

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