WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR BASE, Ohio -- Civilian Health Promotion Services (CHPS) offer wellness screenings that measure numbers you need to know to safeguard your health. The Cardiac Risk Profile screening measures your blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and blood sugar. These numbers can provide a glimpse of your health status and risk for certain diseases and conditions.
Elevated cholesterol may lead to atherosclerosis, or fatty deposits in the inner lining of arteries, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard, and the high force of the blood flow can harm arteries and organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain, and eyes. People who have excess body fat are at higher risk for health problems, especially if a lot of fat is located in the waist area. Frequent or ongoing high blood sugar can cause damage to your nerves, blood vessels, and organs.
Take charge of your health for a better life. Knowing your numbers can assist you in monitoring your health status. Early identification and management of risk factors can help individuals stay healthy and live a long, productive life.
During American Heart Month this February, be sure to 'Know Your Numbers' with Hanscom CHPS by participating in a wellness screening or health education class.
Cardiac Risk Profile screenings are available to federal civilians once per fiscal year. Screenings are available every Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. in Building 1540. Additional offers are Feb. 1 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fitness Center; Feb. 6 from 8 to 9:30 in Building 1614; Feb. 15 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center; Feb. 22 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Building 1624; and Feb. 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Fitness Center.
Another offering from CHPS is Do You Know Your Numbers: Understanding Your Cardiac Risk Profile for all members of the workforce. Sessions are available Feb. 5 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in Building 1540; Feb. 13 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in Building 1614; Feb. 22 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in Building 1540; and Feb. 27 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center.
To participate in a CHPS wellness screening and healthy lifestyle behavior programs, contact Annmarie Pease at 781-225-6311 or visit www.AFMCwellness.com.
(The 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs Office contributed to this article.)