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Confidential Biometric Screenings

Certified nurse taking blood pressure from a UNI employee at on campus biometric screening

Why should I participate?

An annual assessment of an individual's health can provide valuable insight on your current health and identify potential health concerns. According to the CDC, Seventy-five percent of health care costs are attributed to chronic preventable conditions. Biometric Screenings help identify risk for chronic preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Individuals can then work with their doctor, or a Nurse Health Coach, to identify strategies for improved health and well-being, making health assessments a proven way to save on future health care expenses.

Who receives my results? Is this service confidential?

Only Covenant Wellness Services receives your individual results. All information obtained through your participation is treated as privileged and confidential and will not be released or revealed to any individual or organization outside of Covenant without your expressed and written consent. For example, in order for Covenant to provide your health care provider with results you must provide written consent. Covenant will mail your results to your home address. You should receive your results approximately 10 days following the screening. UNI and Wellmark BC/BS do not receive your individual results. Results at a group level (without individual names or results) is provided to UNI to assist in planning wellness services to enhance the health of the UNI employee population.

What is a Biometric Screening and what is included?

A Biometric Screening is a quick health assessment that determines your overall health and assesses your risk for health concerns. The Biometric Screenings offered through UNI Employee Well-being are performed by wellness professionals through Covenant Wellness Services. Individual screenings take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Each Confidential Screening Includes:

  • Body Composition
    This includes height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). BMI is an indicator of the amount of body fat for most people. It is used as a screening tool to identify whether an adult is at a healthy weight and height for their body type.

  • Blood Pressure
    When your heart beats, it pumps blood around your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your arteries (and your heart) which may lead to heart attacks and strokes. Visit the American Heart Association to learn more about acceptable blood pressure levels.

  • Complete Blood Profile
    This test includes Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Calcium, AST, Iron, Total Blood Platelet Count, WBC, and RBC. For further explanation of these test, review the blood test page.

Tests Available for Additional Cost:

  • Thyroid Screening (Cost: $15)
    Thyroid screenings are helpful for identifying problems with the thyroid gland. Many people who have issues with their thyroid gland experience fatigue and weight gain, or weight loss and feelings of nervousness or hyperactivity. To look at the ranges for thyroid tests, click here.

  • Prostate Screening PSA (Cost: $15)
    Prostate cancer screening can help identify cancer early on, when treatment will be most effective. Organizations that recommend PSA screening, generally, encourage the test for men between the ages of 40 and 70, and for men with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Click here for more information about this test.

  • Hemoglobin A1C (Cost: $15)
    The A1C test results give a picture of the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last 2-3 months. The hemoglobin A1C test may be used to screen for, and diagnose, diabetes and prediabetes in adults. This can also be used to help diabetics and their healthcare providers know if the measures that are being taken to control their diabetes are successful or need to be adjusted. Click here to learn about appropriate levels of A1C.

How do I participate?

All benefit eligible employees are encouraged to participate in one (1) free confidential biometric screening per academic year. If you would like to participate in more than one a year, the cost is $30 for each additional screening. Employees can register online below for any available upcoming screenings. Four screenings are held each academic year, with two in the fall and two in the spring.

Spouses of employees may also participate, for a low cost of $30.

For additional information on Biometric Screenings or Nurse Health Coaching, please email employeewellbeing@uni.edu or visit our FAQ Page.

Online Registration Through SimplyBook.me

All screenings take place at 3219 Hudson Road (old museum), Safety Training Room, Cedar Falls, US, 50613.

Biometric Screenings Follow-up

Nurse Health Coaching Personal Session

This service offers a personal consultation with a Nurse Health Coach at UNI including:

  • Result and risk factor education
  • Realistic lifestyle changes
  • Health care provider referrals if necessary
  • A confidential environment to share questions or concerns

Online Registration Through SimplyBook.me

All Nurse Health Coach Personal Sessions take place in Gilchrist Hall, Private Hallway Interview Rooms 17 & 19