Employees who subscribe to a city health plan must complete the online health assessment by Sept. 30 to avoid a $25 monthly surcharge beginning in October.
Health assessments are a valuable way to learn about your current health, and they provide a way to track your progress.
What do you need?
Just your biometric numbers for your blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and your height, weight and waist measurement. All data must be no older than 30 days.
To get your numbers, schedule an annual physical with your doctor, or log onto wellnessconnection.org to find out about biometric screenings available near you.
Want to reduce your numbers from last year? Follow these simple tips:
To reduce your blood pressure:
- Exercise 30 minutes to an hour five times a week.
- Reduce the salt you eat.
- Adopt a diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
To reduce your LDL “bad” cholesterol:
- Eat 10 grams or more of soluble fiber.
- Lose five to 10 pounds.
- Limit your intake of saturated fats to no more than 7 percent of your daily calorie intake.
To lose weight:
- Be active and exercise regularly.
- Eat breakfast to feel fuller longer.
- Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables to keep you energized.
- Cut down on alcohol, saturated fats and sugar, which add unnecessary calories to your diet.
- Eat smaller, frequent meals to help boost your metabolism.
- Start food-journaling. Being aware of what you eat daily helps you make healthy choices and not overeat. Use an online service or jot down what you eat in a notebook.
sources: Mayo Clinic,