Routine medical care is essential to maintain optimal health since most people only see a doctor when they experience a health problem.

FREMONT, CA: Maintaining optimal health involves a regular medical examination. When people forgo important preventive care visits, it could lead to more severe illnesses in the future and, as a result, higher medical costs when treatment cannot be avoided. Chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer must be diagnosed and treated as early as possible for optimal results.

Employers can now play a crucial role in encouraging employees to take proactive care of their health and wellbeing. Onsite health screenings are a valuable tool for ensuring that employees receive preventive care and manage chronic and acute conditions so that they remain in the best possible health to perform their duties. Here are three reasons employers should provide routine health screenings for their employees.

Routine screenings help keep employees in the best health possible

Employee health screenings combat reactive health care by allowing employees to be tested for underlying or chronic conditions and, if necessary, begin treatment. Employers can offer workers a variety of screenings, including but not limited to biometric screenings such as body mass index, blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol checks. Using the Framingham risk score, these screenings aid in detecting hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease risk. There are even workplace screenings for certain types of cancer. The employee's results are provided within minutes, along with counseling on the next steps for additional testing or treatment from primary care physicians.

The most significant advantage of health screenings is early detection. According to the CDC, one in five Americans with diabetes is ignorant of their condition, and eight in ten U.S. adults with prediabetes are similarly unaware. Screenings provide valuable information onsite clinicians can use to assist employees in preventing or managing chronic conditions through healthy lifestyle choices and treatment. For instance, if an employee's blood sugar levels indicate prediabetes, an onsite clinician can provide lifestyle recommendations that the employee can begin implementing the same day. Clinicians onsite can also schedule future screenings for employees to monitor levels.

Contributing to Proactive and Preventive Care

Employers prioritizing employee health and wellbeing in today's "new normal" will be well-positioned to maintain a happy and motivated workforce. Onsite health screenings are an efficient method of assisting employees in managing their health without requiring them to miss work. This level of employer support can increase employee satisfaction and lead to higher engagement and productivity. This means that projects are completed more quickly, employees spend less time away from the office, and teams are more aligned. Creating a culture of care and concern that empowers employees to care for their health and wellbeing requires health screenings.