Bringing wellness to work
A wellness screening—also known as a health or biometric screening—is an on-site workplace event where simple medical tests measure an individual’s overall wellbeing.
Wellness screening benefits
A wellness screening doesn't replace regular checkups with a health care provider. However, the results can identify potential health risks that can go undetected, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.
The results also provide a better understanding of an organization’s overall health and can be used to create wellness strategies tailored to the organization.
A quick and simple experience held at your workplace.
Participants learn about their health and how to reduce potential health risks.
Same-day results with access to important information and resources.
At no time will employers view or have access to personal results.
Thanks for saving my life! I had no idea I had high blood pressure. I went to see my doctor right away and am now on medication. I have a young family and thought I was fit and healthy.”
It was a great opportunity to see where I am and be informed of potential risks. It was very convenient to have it at the work office.”
Thanks! It was great to get a snapshot of my health.”
It's beneficial to be proactive with your health regardless of present health. My RN was informative and took the time. She was amazing!”
The nursing staff took time to explain the details very well and gave good recommendations. Thanks!”
How it works
We partnered with Lifemark®, a workplace health and wellness group, to bring Alberta Blue Cross® wellness screening events directly to your organization.
Schedule a wellness screening event
Organizations can contact their group sales representative to learn more and schedule an event at their workplace.
Book an appointment
After receiving an email invitation, participants can book an appointment through the Lifemark® registration portal.
Complete testing and receive on-site support
A nurse from Lifemark® conducts tests to measure health factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol. Our team of in-house experts—the Blue Crew—are available to answer questions about personal benefits plans and provide tailored resources.
Participants receive recommendations to help reduce any health risks based on their results. Organizations receive an anonymized report on the health of their organization—without any identifiable personal data.
Guidance from the Blue Crew
Our knowledgeable Blue Crew includes members from our Wellness and Customer Services teams. They're on site to help participants access our member site and Balance® online wellness program, provide resources and answer questions about personal health benefit plans. This gives participants a better understanding of how they can make the most of the tools available to support their wellbeing.
What types of tests are included?
Before attending a wellness screening appointment, participants may need to complete health questionnaires. The number of questionnaires required depends on the appointment type. The information from a questionnaire provides the nurse with a better understanding of the participant's health history.
Visit the participant section to view and download the questionnaires. Participants will need to bring a completed copy to their appointment. Copies are available on site for those who don't have access to a printer.
Depending on the appointment type, participants may complete some or all of the following tests.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated using your height and weight. While we might avoid stepping on the scale, knowing your BMI is a good starting point for assessing your overall health. A high BMI can increase your risk for various health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Waist circumference is a measurement taken around the waist, just above the hip bones. It's used to assess body composition and the distribution of body fat. Fat around the waist is associated with a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.
Blood pressure is determined by using a cuff wrapped around your arm. The cuff has a gauge that displays the blood pressure measurement. Blood pressure, the pressure of blood flowing through blood vessels against the vessel walls, is necessary to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to vital organs and tissues in your body. Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, occurs when blood pressure is consistently higher than normal. Uncontrolled hypertension is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease.
A1C measures your average blood glucose (sugar) level over the past three months. It can tell you if you're at risk of developing diabetes (pre-diabetes). It can determine if a person diagnosed with diabetes is managing their blood glucose well. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to kidney disease, foot problems, vision loss and nerve damage.
Total cholesterol is the total amount of cholesterol and fats within your blood. It's necessary for the body to have some amounts of cholesterol; however, high levels can contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol is a component of total cholesterol that contributes to cardiovascular disease through the build-up of plaque on blood vessel walls. If LDL cholesterol levels are high, plaque deposits can form on artery walls and restrict blood flow to the heart and brain, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Highly processed foods are a major source of saturated fats and can increase LDL.
High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol helps reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease through the removal of excess fatty deposits in the blood stream. Higher levels of HDL cholesterol are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
This ratio is determined by dividing your total cholesterol by your HDL cholesterol. A higher ratio can increase your risk of heart disease.
Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood that store unused calories and provide your body with energy. High triglycerides can increase your risk for various conditions, including cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
The cardiovascular risk score is calculated using several factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease. These factors include your age, blood pressure, smoking status, cholesterol levels and medication use. Your risk score provides the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack or stroke, over the next 10 years.
Health and safety measures
Our goal is to provide a safe and successful event. We'll work with your organization and nurses from Lifemark® to follow workplace requirements and all public health measures to protect everyone involved.