Hanscom CHPS offer wellness screenings this month

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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Civilian Health Promotion Services 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.

“These wellness screenings provides the opportunity to know your numbers to help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease,” said Annmarie Pease, CHPS coordinator. “Early identification and management of risk factors can help individuals stay healthy and live a long, productive life.”

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.

Screenings take place every Wednesday from 8 through 10 a.m. in Building 1540.

Additional screenings will take place Feb. 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Building 1305, Feb. 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center and Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Hanscom Fitness and Sports 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.