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NRAO-NM Wellness Program

2011 Health Fair

The NRAO-NM Wellness Program, Astrophytness, is pleased to present a
Health Fair at both the DSOC and the VLA during the week of October 17-21.
This Fair is free for NRAO-NM employees and for their dependents, age 18
or older, covered by the Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP) health care plan.
The Fair includes the following:
  1. Cigna online health assessment
  2. bloodwork tests including screening for pre-diabetes
  3. BMI, blood pressure, pulse, and waist measurements
  4. one-on-one discussion with a nurse about health issues
  5. breakfast for fasting attendees
  6. follow-up presentations by Dr. Allen Bassler
Sign-up sheets for this Fair are located on the Wellness Table in the
DSOC Lobby and the HR Office at the AOC-West. At the VLA, they are located
in the Control Building. We need an accurate head count so please sign up
by Friday, October 14.

Health Fair Presentations

On Monday, Oct. 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the AOC Auditorium and the VLA Cafeteria.
Healthy food will be served!

Marie Glendenning will give a five-minute overview of how the Fair will work.
Anna Hargreaves from the New Mexico Dept. of Health (DoH) will give a 20-minute
presentation on the upcoming NRAO-NM Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) including
how the Fair test results will be used to determine who qualifies as a possible
participant in the DPP; Allen Lewis will give a five-minute review of the new
Cigna health coaching program called Your Health First; Stephan Witz will talk
for 10 minutes about how becoming a diabetic changed his life forever; and Dave Westpfahl
will talk for 10 minutes about how walking and using a pedometer dramatically improved
his failing health.

There will also be a Cigna table with handouts including a free pedometer at the

Health Screenings

These are the locations and times for the Health Fair health screenings.

Tuesday, October 18, in the VLA Cafeteria, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 19, in the AOC Auditorium, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 20, in the AOC Auditorium, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Friday, October 21, in the AOC Auditorium, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

The medical screening include filling out an online Cigna health assessment, bloodwork,
measuring blood pressure, using weight and height to determine body mass index
(BMI), measuring waist size, and discussing individually with a nurse the health
assessment and other health issues including pre-diabetes screening.
Privacy screens will be provided.

Bloodwork Tests
  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. Glucose, fasting
  3. Lipid Panel, fasting
  4. Prostate Screening (PSA), offered to males over 40
  5. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), offered
  6. Hemoglobin A1C
  7. High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
To learn more about a bloodwork test, click on the test name to go to a WebMD webpage.

The prostrate (PSA) test should only be given to males over 40. Additionally the thyroid (TSH)
test generally is given to attendees with thyroid problems, females over 40, and attendees with
a family history of thyroid problems. Please tell the lab tech if you choose to have these
offered tests.

In order for the bloodwork test results to be accurate, Fair attendees must fast
for 10-12 hours prior to their health screening appointment; please drink water
during the fast to avoid dehydration.

A free breakfast will be provided for fasting attendees.

To ensure privacy, the results from the bloodwork tests will be sent by mail only
to each attendee at the address provided by them during the Fair. No one else
will receive these results. If the test results are very different from past
test results, check the test reference range and attend Dr. Bassler's presentations.

Follow-up Medical Presentations

There will be two follow-up presentations given by Dr. Allen Bassler after the Fair
test results have been received, one at the DSOC and one at the VLA. Dr. Allen will
discuss in general terms what normal results are, what abnormal results mean, and
he will suggest interventions that might assist in getting test results back to normal.
Dr. Allen will also answer questions and attendees can sign up for a private consultation
with Dr. Allen to discuss the possibility of being pre-diabetic.

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