HealthStatus has a solid collection of Internet based health assessments targeted to consumers. The assessments are written to eighth grade reading level, which makes them a good choice for the blue-collar as well as the white-collar user. Peer reviewed scientific studies are the basis for all our assessments. Algorithms and published data from organizations such as the CDC, Carter Center of Emory University and the Framingham Heart Study have allowed us to develop our assessments. HealthStatus.com continually monitors the medical community for pertinent information that should be added to the assessments.
The health risk assessment is based on the Healthier People study done by the Carter Center of Emory University. HealthStatus has updated this version, using current mortality information and expanding the number of risks calculated. The question set is about forty-five questions long. The number of questions is dependent on sex and smoking status. The standard output report is ten pages, with the final page being a doctor’s chart report. Standard within the report is a cover letter explaining what the assessment is and its purpose. Users get a listing of their top ten risks of mortality and a comparison to U.S. averages. Basic measures for the individual showing the inputs of height, weight, sex, calculated values of BMI and other important details. The report has about five pages with paragraphs reporting at-risk behavior, ideas for improvement or encouragement in areas that the user has reduced risk. Based on the answers supplied and risks calculated a list of Internet resources is provided for the user. There is an option to add a print friendly version of the report. Also provided with the general assessment is a group report. This group report shows the status of your group in critical areas and can help you to quickly determine which educational or intervention programs will provide the most benefit.
The disease specific assessments for diabetes and cardiac disease utilize all the same technologies as our general health assessment. The cardiac assessment is based on a subset of Healthier People with additional information and algorithms from the Framingham Heart Study. The question set for this assessment is twenty-one questions in length. The report for the cardiac assessment utilizes bar graphs and an indicator “light”, showing low, medium or high risk in eight key areas. A cover letter and summary page are also included in the four page standard version of this report. The diabetes assessment is quick to take and easy to use. Based on the American Diabetes Association’s published work, the question set is ten questions long. A simple report tells the user their risk for diabetes and what specific habits they should work on to reduce their risk.
HealthStatus used the work of several fitness experts to create our online fitness assessment. The assessment consists of three parts; first the user completes the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ), to determine if they should proceed with the assessment. After answering the PARQ, the user is given instructions on doing a multi-part fitness assessment; the portions covered are trunk flexibility, muscular endurance and cardiopulmonary endurance. An instruction page is delivered to the users browser, after completing the four activities the user returns to the site and enters their scores and some body measurements. A two-page report with cover letter and results for each area is returned.
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