Biometrics screenings for Medical Center employees and spouses

Beginning Monday, Oct. 2, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will conduct free, voluntary biometric screenings on campus for employees and their spouses who plan to participate in the Medical Center's health-care benefits plan in 2007.

The "Know Your Numbers" campaign aims to increase awareness of personal health information such as cholesterol, glucose levels, body-mass index and blood pressure. Knowledge of these numbers will empower employees and their families to take proactive steps to live healthier, more active lifestyles and avoid significant medical problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A healthier employee population also will help to reduce overall health-care costs for employer and employees alike.

Employees who participate in the Medical Center's benefits plan, complete the Health Compass and take part in a biometric screening will receive $100 credited to their health reimbursement account (HRA) simply for participating. They will receive an additional $50 in their HRA if their spouse completes the Health Compass and participates in the biometric screening.

If the biometric results fall within the recognized medical standards for good health, employees will receive an additional $50 in their HRA and another $25 if their spouse's biometric statistics meet the criteria.

A full schedule of on-campus screenings is available at for Medical Center employees. A schedule for off-campus sites will be distributed in the near future.

Individuals who choose to participate in the screening may not eat or drink for four hours prior to their scheduled screening.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009