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NRAO-NM Wellness Program

2015 Health Fair

The NRAO-NM Wellness Program, Astrophytness, is pleased to present a Health Fair at both the SOC and the VLA during the week of October 5-9.
This Fair is free for all NRAO-NM employees and their dependents, age 18 or older.

The Fair includes the following:
  1. Cigna online health assessment (found at
  2. fasting bloodwork tests
  3. BMI, blood pressure, pulse, and waist measurements
  4. one-on-one discussion with a nurse about health issues
  5. healthy breakfast for fasting attendees
  6. follow-up presentations by Dr. Allen Bassler
To sign-up for this Fair, please contact Connie Gallegos at 835-7313 or

It is important to fast the night and morning before the Fair and to bring a filled-out Cigna health assessment found at to the Fair.

These are the times and locations for the Health Fair health screenings:
Tuesday, October 6, in the SOC Auditorium,, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 7, in the SOC Auditorium,, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 8, in the VLA Cafeteria, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Fitness Assessments

Melissa Begay will give free fitness assessments during the Fair.

Health Screenings

The medical screening includes filling out an online Cigna health assessment, fasting 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. Privacy screens will be provided.

Bloodwork Tests

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. Lipid Panel, fasting
  3. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), offered
  4. Hemoglobin A1C
  5. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, fasting
  6. Hepatitis Panel, offered
Note: to learn more about a bloodwork test, click on the test name above to go to a WebMD webpage.

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 fill out the form and tell the lab tech if you choose to have these offered tests.

The Hepatitis Panel test is being offered for those who may have been exposed in the past. IMPORTANT NOTE
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 healthy breakfast will be provided for fasting attendees.

To ensure privacy, the results from the bloodwork tests will only be placed in the NRAO mailbox of each attendee. No one else will receive these results. If your test results
are very different from past results, check the test reference range and attend Dr. Bassler's presentation.

Physician's Presentations

Dr. Allen Bassler will give follow-up presentations about test results after the Fair in the VLA Cafeteria and in the SOC Auditorium. At these presenations Dr. Bassler 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.
There will also be a question and answer session. Healthy food will be served!

It is important to bring your health screening results to these presentations. Note: the physician presentation dates are to be announced.

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