While pastors participating in Spirited Life will receive wellness services for two years, we will measure changes to participants' health throughout the entire program.
At regular intervals, we will ask you to attend a health screening, held in multiple locations across the state.
What to Expect
Your health screening will be held in the morning. Spirited Life health screenings require that you fast prior to arrival, meaning that you should not have anything to eat or drink (other than water or medications) for nine hours prior to your appointment. The screening should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
During the screening, we will measure your height, weight, abdominal circumference, blood pressure, and resting heart rate. The examiner also will draw a few drops of blood via finger stick and analyze it onsite to obtain your cholesterol and an indicator of blood glucose levels.
Before you leave, you will receive a report summarizing these measures for you to take with you or share with your doctor. Should any of your results fall well outside the norm, we will notify you so that you can consult a doctor immediately.
What We're Measuring
The data we collect at the health screenings enable us to determine whether you qualify for a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that increase your risk for, among other things, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. One of the key risk factors is central obesity, a condition defined as having a large abdominal circumference.
In order to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have central obesity and at least two of the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- A high level of triglycerides (fat in the blood stream)
- Low HDL ("good" cholesterol)
- High levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood
The report we will provide at the conclusion of your health screening will indicate the number of risk factors you currently possess. Please note that this profile is not intended to diagnose metabolic syndrome or any other condition or disease, and we urge you to contact your medical provider with any questions or concerns. It can be possible to decrease the number of risk factors you possess through changes in diet or exercise, and/or the use of medications.