School District of Manatee County
Employee Wellness Program
Work on Wellness
Your journey to a healthier you!
The purpose of this passport is to educate you in areas of wellness that are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Passport 2 Health Challenge: February 6 - March 6, 2013
If you completed this challenge at your site,
CLICK HERE for the Passport Completion Sheet.

Passport 2 Health Final Wrap-Up Survey: CLICK HERE
Keep your passport. Turn in your Passport Completion Sheet to your HealthVantage Coordinator.

Click here for flyer

Congratulations to Jormarie Mere-Beaman from Human Resources
Winner of the $300 Publix Gift Card

Know Your Numbers
No Pressure! Tips for Recognizing and Preventing Hypertension
A video message from the MTI's and Manatee High School's HOSA students (HOSA...future Health Professionals)
Blood Pressure
High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don't realize they have it.
High blood pressure costs the nation almost $131 billion annually in direct medical expenses and $25 billion in lost poductivity.
What happens if high blood pressure goes untreated?
Your heart has to pump harder to delivery blood/oxygen/nutrients to the rest of your body. This causes your heart to enlarge and the muscle to thicken.
Heart Disease refers to the thickening and stiffening of the heart muscle. Early stages of this disease has no symptoms but is still causing damage to your arteries, heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes.

CLICK HERE for Blood Pressure Fact Sheet

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

BMI is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. It is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for certain diseases that can occur with more body fat.
Higher BMI Increases Risk for:
- Heart Disease
-High Blood Pressure
-Type 2 Diabetes
-Breathing Problems
-Certain Cancers
Good News: Even small weight loss (between 5 - 10 percent of your current weight) will help lower your risk of developing those diseases).

We encourage you to be aware of all your Health Numbers
Total Cholesterol -
A healthy level should be less than 200mg. This is a desirable level that puts you at lower risk for heart disease.
HDL - The "healthy" component of your total cholesterol. You want this number to be over 50mg.
LDL - This part of your cholesterol screening is the major risk factor for heart disease. Your LDL should be less than 40mg for men and less than 50mg for women.
Triglyceride - A normal level is less than 150mg
Fasting Glucose - A healthy range is 74 - 100 mg/dl
Waist Size - If your waist size is equal to or more than 35 inches in women and equal to or more than 40 inches in men, it increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metablic problems, high blood pressure, and abnormal cholesterol.

Prevention and Maintenance
Annual Wellness Exam
I had my Annual Wellness Exam with my Primary Care Physician within the past 6 months or I have an appoinment scheduled in the next 6 months.

Dental Exam Every 6 Months

I had my Dental Exam within the past 3 months or I have an appointment scheduled in the next 3 months.

 Daily Healthy Behaviors
- Drink 64 oz. of Water
- Wear SPF 15
- Eat at least 3 servings of fruits and/or vegetables
- 30 minutes (or more) of physical activity

 I completed at least 2 (of the 4) Daily Healthy Behaviors each day between 2/6 - 3/6.

Additional Information:
  Men Should Follow These Guidelines:
Every age:
- Physical Exam at least every 3 years
- Regular self-exam of skin
Ages 15 - 35:
- Monthly testicular self-exam
Starting at age 50:
- Yearly PSA test and digital rectal exam
- Colorectal screening (colonoscopy every 10 years, double contrast barium enema every 5 years, or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years)
Women Should Follow These Guidelines:
Starting at age 21:
- Pelvic exam and pap test as recommended by your doctor
- Breast exam by a doctor every 3 years
Starting at age 40:
- Yearly mammogram and breast exam by a doctor
Starting at age 50:
- Colorectal screening (colonoscopy every 10 years, double contrast barium enema every 5 years, or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years)