Health Screenings and Wellness Challenge

Make your New Year’s Resolution to be a healthier you! Once again, the Thomas County Coalition /Wellness Committee is sponsoring health screenings and a healthy lifestyle program, “Thomas County Wellness Challenge.”

Citizens Medical Center, Inc., working in conjunction with the Thomas County Coalition, will offer health screenings in the Citizens Medical Center Specialty Clinic Lobby on January 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2014 from 6:00 am – 9:00 am. Screenings include:
Comprehensive Profile (includes a Lipid Profile, Glucose, and Complete Blood Count) –requires 10-12 hours fasting - $30
TSH (Thyroid) – (Recommended for baseline or if having symptoms) $20
Hgb A1C (3 month glucose average) – (Known diabetics or significant history) - $20
Prostate Screening/PSA – (males only) - $25
EKG – (recommended for baseline) - $35
Pulmonary Screening – Free

The Thomas County Wellness Challenge is an eight week individual program that encourages increased exercise and healthy eating habits that will promote healthy life styles and desired weight in a fun, virtual format.

The program guidance will be: 5210
5 or more fruits and vegetables
2 hours or less of screen time
1 hour of physical activity
0 sugary drinks, more water

This program includes: the Comprehensive Profile blood test; BODPOD testing, for percentage of lean and fat body mass/considered the “Gold Standard” for measuring body composition; weekly weigh-ins and lessons on wellness every week. All this for one low price of $40.

The Thomas County Wellness Challenge will get under way Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Thomas County Health Department, 350 S. Range. Weigh-in will be “come and go” from 7:45 am – 4:45 pm. Weigh-ins will be every Tuesday through March 12. Participants will receive correspondence, weekly assignments and reading material via e-mail. The Thomas County Wellness website, will also be utilized for the weekly postings. Provisions will be made for those who need an alternative format.
Weigh-in and assignments are not required, but incentives will be given based on a point system in which points are given for program participation. The Final Weigh will be March 12, 2013.

There are many benefits in enrolling in Thomas County Wellness Challenge. By participating in the weekly assignments, participants will learn about making wise lifestyle goals, realistic weight loss, how to improve your fitness, understanding blood test results, choosing correct portions when eating, exercising properly, eating out healthy, emotional eating and more! With these resources, participants will have the opportunity to learn, be fit, have fun and even keep their New Year’s Resolutions!

To register, simply go to the “wellness challenge” tab on the Thomas County Wellness Website, and fill out the registration form. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after your registration is complete. Payment of $40 can be made online when you register or with a check to the Wellness Committee in care of Pat Erickson, 1255 S. Range, Colby, KS 67701.

Registration deadline: For those participating in the free blood work, registration is due January 8th, if not having blood work, registration is due January 14th.

If you have questions about the 2013 Health Screenings or the Thomas County Wellness Challenge, contact:
Citizens Medical Center, Education Department (785) 460-4850
Thomas County Health Department (785) 460-4596
Thomas County Extension Office (785) 460-4582