NC State Offers Free Biometric Screenings

Wellness Fair

 

NC State University faculty and staff can register to get free biometric screenings at the fourth annual Wolfpack Way of Life Wellness Fair that will be held next month.

The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the State Ballroom at Talley Student Union. The fair will feature on- and off-campus vendors that promote ways to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Students are welcome to attend but aren’t eligible for a free screening.

To get a screening, you must be a State Health Plan member and bring your insurance card. A nurse will check your blood pressure, body mass index, and cholesterol and glucose levels.

Register for a screening

 

The screenings are set to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a screened-off area in room 3223 in the student union. Each screening will take about 15 minutes.

NC State is committed to creating and maintaining a culture that supports and promotes the overall wellness of its students, faculty and staff. The NC State Wellness Committee has crafted the first university-wide strategic plan for wellness. The plan includes NC State’s six elements of wellness: purpose, physical, financial, emotional, social and community.

Wellness Wheel NC State’s Six Elements of Wellness

Purpose
Regularly engaging in meaningful and satisfying work that aligns with personal values and goals.
physical
Managing health through regular exercise, eating a balanced, nutritious diet and maintaining adequate sleep.
financial
The awareness of current financial position and budgets and having resources to meet basic needs by saving and spending wisely.
emotional
The ability to be self-aware and cope with challenges and needs while developing overall resiliency.
Social
Developing supportive networks by cultivating new or existing relationships.
Community
The opportunity to contribute and connect individual passions and strengths that foster a safe and supportive environment.

 

Each vendor invited to the fair represents at least one of the wellness elements.

“We want our students, staff and faculty to gain an understanding of the resources available to them and how to take advantage of them,” said Britt Hurst, manager of the Employee Recognition and Wellness Program at NC State. “We also want them to learn a little bit about the university’s commitment to wellness.”

Hurst said she hopes the screenings encourage employees to monitor things that affect their health, like their weight.

“We want to give employees who may not take the time to get their annual physical an opportunity to at least have a cursory understanding of their health status,” she said. “Hopefully, the screenings will prompt employees to seek medical care if their results indicate they are at risk for a chronic condition.”

The privacy of the screening results is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. NC State will not receive the results of employees’ screenings.

You will be given your confidential screening results before you leave the screening area. A nurse will be available for a private consultation about your results.