Tracking your health measurements
BMI, BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS, GLUCOSE LEVELS…. THERE ARE A LOT OF MEASUREMENTS TO KEEP TRACK OF WHEN IT COMES TO OUR HEALTH – AND MANY OF US AREN’T SURE WHERE WE STAND. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FIND OUT
‘The majority of women don’t know their cholesterol and blood glucose measures’
As women we often put our own health needs at the bottom of the pile, prioritising our family members first. But it is something we need to focus on because research has shown that we’re not nearly as healthy as we should be. The National Women’s Health Report, conducted by Priceline, revealed that 82 per cent of women report low fruit and vegetable intake; 51 per cent of women report a BMI of 25 or above (overweight, obese or extreme obesity); and 33 per cent of women report frequent anxiety. It also showed that the majority of women do not know their cholesterol and blood glucose measures.
But how do we find out these facts and get on top of our health between juggling full-time work, family commitments and trying to fit exercise into the daily routine? Once all that is said and done, there isn’t always a lot of time left to visit your GP for regular check ups and tests.
MAKING IT EASY
To make things a little easier, from April 13-May 8 you can pop into Pricelines across the country for a free 15-minute health check. The check is done with your pharmacist and covers a wide range of health factors, including anaemia screening, a cholesterol test and blood pressure, plus lifestyle discussions including weight management. You’ll also learn how to check for lumps in your breasts using a mock breast with hard-to-find lumps. It’s usually $19.95, but the checks are free during the campaign period and guaranteed to be quick, around 10 minutes. You can also make an appointment online in advance.
If you’re worried about getting this done in the store, rest assured all of the tests are conducted in a private area or consult room so there’s no need to feel self-conscious.
On top of all this the chemist chain is also rolling out exclusive digital health stations into selected stores. These self-service kiosks provide an immediate health assessment – the stations take only three to four minutes – and are always free to use. There’s almost 200 in-store digital health station machines across the country assessing five key health factors: BMI, blood pressure, heart rate, body fat percentage, and risk for type 2 diabetes. After using the health station, results are summarised in an email so you can manage and track your own health over time.
However busy you might be, it’s paramount to prioritise your health with simple tests you can book in amongst the weekday chaos and with pharmacists who can then offer you helpful advice. From a variety of health checks to gauge your overall health to everyday lifestyle advice, it’s easy to get your health back on track and be your best self.