Know Your Numbers is a wellness initiative for full-time university employees and spouses that takes place during the seven-week break. Dates: July 27 through August 28.

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 DMBA 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 Health Center. You may call the Health Center at 208-496-9330 or email the Wellness Coordinator directly at .

**If you would like to be tested while school is in session (not the 7 week break), please contact the Health Center at 208-496-9330 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.

Meet "the Numbers"

Total Cholesterol
< 200 mg/dL Optimal
200-239 mg/dL Borderline
+240 mg/dL High
HDLs("good" cholesterol)
< 40 mg/dL High Risk
40-59 mg/dL Moderate Risk
+60 mg/dL Optimal
LDLs("bad" cholesterol)
< 100 mg/dL Optimal
100-129 mg/dL Near Optimal
130-159 mg/dL Borderline
160-189 mg/dL High
+190 mg/dL Very High
< 150 mg/dL Optimal
150-200 mg/dL Borderline
+200 mg/dL High

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

  • Increase your amount of physical activity (aim for 150 minutes/week)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Eat foods that are high in fiber
  • Reduce intake of saturated and trans fats and limit cholesterol
Blood Pressure
Below 120/80 Optimal
Above 140/90 Pre-Hypertension
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

  • Eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods. Choose foods that are low in fat and sugar. Eat more potassium.
  • Increase physical activity and manage your weight.
  • Reduce your stress level.
  • Medication, if prescribed.
Body Mass Index
< 18 Underweight
18-24.9 Healthy Weight
25-29.9 Overweight
+30 Obese

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.

Waist Circumference
Men: < 40 in. Optimal Women: < 35 in. Optimal

The Basics

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.