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Worksite screening to be offered Feb. 18

The next worksite screening will be held Feb. 18 at Ashley River Tower.  To register, visit and click on Worksite Screening.
The following information was taken from the worksite screening guide. The guide  is produced by the S.C. Employee Insurance Program and can be found at
The worksite screening, which costs $15, is a benefit of the S.C. State Health Insurance Plan.

Screening components
  • Blood pressure
  • Height and weight
  • Blood lipid profile (cholesterol, triglyceride, etc)
  • Blood chemistry profile (thyroid, kidney, liver, etc)
  • Hemogram (hemoglobin, hema-tocrit, white blood cells, etc)
What  is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by a person’s blood volume against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers in a fraction, such as 122/86. The top number (122) is known as the “systolic” pressure during which the heart is contracting and pumping blood away from itself, through the arteries, to the organs, tissue and muscle. The bottom number (86) is called “diastolic” pressure during which the heart is at rest. New blood pressure guidelines include a new category called prehypertension.

What are the risk factors for hypertension?
The risk factors for developing hypertension can be hereditary and/or lifestyle-related, or both. Hypertension is more likely to occur if it runs in an individual’s family. However, this is the only risk factor that cannot be changed. Risk factors you can change include:
  • High amounts of salt in the diet
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Being in poor aerobic health due to a sedentary lifestyle
  • Experiencing recurrent high stress
  • Consuming high amounts of alcohol and saturated fats.

Making healthy choices regarding blood pressure
The choices made through time can cause or prevent a chronic disease, such as hypertension. Just as the unhealthy behaviors listed above can lead to facing the “silent killer,” healthy choices can prevent that from happening or allow individuals with hypertension to manage their condition effectively.

Making healthy choices if you do not have hypertension
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Manage your weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit caffeine intake and alcohol use
  • Eat healthy, low-fat, low-salt meals
  • Learn to manage stress
  • Stop smoking or using tobacco products
  • Eliminate trans-fats
Making healthy choices if you have hypertension
  • Stay on your medication schedule
  • Monitor yourself at home using a sphygmomanometer
  • Visit your physician to check blood pressure and medication
  • Record and report medication side effects and other symptoms immediately

Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

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