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Know Your Numbers is a wellness initiative for full-time university employees and spouses that takes place during the seven-week break.
It is focused on empowering individuals to take control of their health through knowing their personal health numbers. Participants will learn their blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI (body mass index), waist circumference, and cholesterol and the recommendations for each of those.
This service is free to employees with Deseret Mutual insurance and will receive a $50 rebate for their participation.
To participate in Know Your Numbers, you must set-up an appointment with the Student Wellness Coordinator at the Student Health Center. To schedule your appointment, please call the Health Center at 208-496-9330. Appointments are available Monday through Friday in the mornings.
**If you would like to be tested while school is in session (not the 7 week break), please contact the Wellness Center at 208-496-7491 to schedule an appointment. They do the exact same testing and you will still receive the $50 rebate from DMBA.
NOTE: You cannot eat for twelve hours prior to your appointment.
|< 200 mg/dL||Optimal|
|< 40 mg/dL||High Risk|
|40-59 mg/dL||Moderate Risk|
|< 100 mg/dL||Optimal|
|100-129 mg/dL||Near Optimal|
|+190 mg/dL||Very High|
|< 150 mg/dL||Optimal|
Although cholesterol is a substance that is necessary for our bodies to function, it is important that we keep it at a healthy level. Cholesterol is made naturally in our bodies and is in some foods we eat (like eggs, cheese, and meats). There are good cholesterols and bad cholesterols. Good cholesterol (HDLs) regulates the bad cholesterol and protects against heart disease and stroke. Bad cholesterol (LDLs) clogs arteries and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Triglycerides are fats that are the result of overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, or eating excess carbohydrates and alcohol.
How to Improve
|Above 150/100||Hypertension I|
|Above 160/110||Hypertension II|
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force of blood against the arteries in our body. High blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of stroke, aneurysms, blood clots or plaque buildup, kidney failure, or heart attack. Other risk factors include family history, age, physical inactivity, poor diet, and being overweight.
How to Improve
|Body Mass Index|
The body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat. It is an estimate because it doesn’t account for muscle mass. It can overestimate body fat in athletes or those with more muscle, and underestimate body fat in older people or those who have lost muscle mass. A higher BMI (overweight or obese) may indicate a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and gallstones.
|Men: < 40 in. Optimal||Women: < 35 in. Optimal|
Waist circumference measures for extra fat around the stomach. If there is more fat around the waist rather than the hips, there is a greater risk of heart disease and type II diabetes.