Healthy Workers = Happy Workers

I am very blessed to work in an environment that embraces preventative measures to maintain optimal health. You might be surprised to know that I am a teacher - a high school teacher at that. Some might say my position alone is a health risk! Actually, it's not.

I teach for a district that offers ahealth screening every fall. The good news is this health screening is free. The even better news is that the district pays $100 to all staff members who choose to participate. The screening involves a complete blood profile and a mammogram.

The blood profile is done at our workplace. The lab actually comes to our school early in the morning to draw our blood, and the results are delivered to our school nurses and then given to us a few days later. The nurses at my campus are great at reviewing our results and red-flagging anything not in the normal range. They are equally good at answering our questions about our results.

The district also provides additional optional services like an osteoporosis screening, peripheral arterial disorder screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, and carotid artery screening at a nearby hospital for a minimal cost.

The majority of staff members at my campus, myself included, take advantage of these great services. A simple blood test can detect abnormalities and possible serious conditions that require further testing and treatment. It's all about being proactive and taking preventative measures.