Students get their cholesterol, glucose, and weight measured to help screen for diabetes, heart disease, and more
Students at the Voorhees location of the Harris School were treated to a health screening fair in May. A health service came to the Voorhees campus in South Jersey and provided screenings for cholesterol, glucose, height, and weight.
Simple tests like these can make a big difference in catching health problems early. Glucose screenings can help detect diabetes, insulin resistance, and other ailments. Cholesterol tests can help determine the risk for buildup of plaques in arteries, which can be a significant risk factor for heart disease. Most often, there are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol, so getting your cholesterol tested periodically is important.
Height and weight measurements can determine your body mass index (BMI), which is an important factor in estimating your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. BMI calculators are also available online, and with just a few keystrokes, you can calculate your BMI. The Center for Disease Control website has a BMI calculator which explains the importance of BMI and links to other useful resources..
The CDC also has a Healthy Weight website, containing everything from balancing your calories and healthy eating to physical activity and tips for parents.
It’s never too late to adopt healthy lifestyle habits! Getting regular health screenings is a great place to start, and the Voorhees campus is thankful for this opportunity for students to get tested.
The Harris School of Business takes a particular interest in the health of its students because of our focus on healthcare careers. At the Harris School, we offer a range of healthcare-related career-focused education programs, including Professional Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Massage Therapy, Certified Nurse’s Aide, and Pharmacy Technician. Visit our program page to learn about all of our programs. Your future career path could begin at Harris!