What is a Health Risk Appraisal?

March 06, 2009 by Roy Hunter

There are a number of risk factors that can influence your health status. Some, such as family history, age, sex, and race, are beyond your control (non-modifiable risks). However, there are also several risk factors (e.g., physical inactivity, tobacco use, obesity, poor nutrition, etc.) that can be controlled by you (modifiable risks). A health risk appraisal is an educational tool designed to determine the combined impact of both non-modifiable and modifiable risks on your overall health status. Once equipped with this information, you can be empowered to improve your health by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

If you want to assess your current health status, take a few minutes to complete the free personal health assessment included under the “Tools and Programs ” section. After completing the survey, you’ll be able to download a personalized health report. Make sure to visit the “Health Library” section for a variety of educational resources and tools that can be used to help you improve your health status. You should re-take the assessment periodically to measure the improvement in your health status.

Good luck!

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