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With busy schedules and rising health care costs, health screenings are not always at the top of employees' minds. But for workers at more than 1,300 U.S. locations of retail giant Lowe’s, free screenings will be available at work through the company's Life Track health and wellness program. On March 1, 2010, two mobile-health units began traveling across the country to provide more than 70,000 Lowe’s employees with free basic health screenings and guidance about how to improve and maintain their health.
“Lowe’s is the first national retailer to provide free health screenings exclusively to our employees using mobile units,” says Bob Ihrie, Lowe’s senior vice president of employee rewards and services. “When employees choose to take a health risk assessment and participate in the health screening, they become actively engaged in their health and are able to get personal advice for their health needs. Over time, we will have a healthier, more productive workforce.”
The custom-built, mobile health screening units provide an efficient way to reach as many Lowe’s employees as possible, Ihrie says. Through 2012, the two units are scheduled to travel more than 100,000 miles across the U.S. Employees will be able to track the units online and book appointments ahead of time. The dedicated screening units will be staffed with trained medical professionals, who will upload the employees’ results to their personal, confidential online health risk assessments.
Health screenings include blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, waist size, hip size, weight, height, body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI). The screenings take approximately 15 to 20 minutes and can be done during work hours.
Ihrie says that the mobile health screenings are part of Lowe's efforts to be "an employer of choice," providing high-quality, low-cost benefits to 238,000 employees and their families. The National Business Group on Health, a national nonprofit organization, named Lowe's a Silver winner of its 2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.
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