So I’ve now entered year three of The Prevention Plan. As with all of us at U.S. Preventive Medicine, I have until January 31 to complete the registration, Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) and lab and biometric screening. Last week I began and completed the online HRA which took about 15 minutes and on Thursday I made an online reservation to have my blood drawn Monday morning at a nearby Labcorp PSC. Arriving at the Labcorp office about 25 minutes early on my way to work, I anticipated a wait but within 5 minutes they were calling me back and I was out 5 minutes later, a bit lighter in the blood department. A reservation for the blood draw is definitely the way to go (Thanks Paul).
This morning, Wednesday, I awoke to an email notifying me that I had some information at The Prevention Plan. I quickly logged in wondering if my results could be back in two days. Sure enough lab results were in and my plan had been updated.
I rapidly flashed through my risks and was able to compare the last three years of health risks in about 40 categories on the Prevention Plan dashboard. I then reviewed my labs and compared them to my physician visit midyear and my two previous years in The Prevention Plan.
So how did I do? Well, since I started I have improved all my cholesterol values and they are all within normal range and have improved my diet, exercise, weight, BMI and Blood pressure. Amazingly I now have no/zero/nada “High Risk” Categories and only a handful of moderate risk categories; not too bad. I am also up to date on all my major preventive screenings and have only the annuals which will be due again this year. The areas I targeted to work on last year showed improvement.
This year I will maintain my current efforts, up the exercise some more, further improve the diet and focus on one more area. After a quick discussion with one of our nurses, I have some ideas on what may have affected one of my lab results and we’ll see if the changes recommended make a difference. Overall a very successful year and its nice to see the results’ of my efforts. My ending Prevention Score for the year was over 900.
Realistically, I am beginning to come to grips with the fact that I’m not 20 anymore. The Sunday morning hour and a half soccer matches which I recently re-started a year and a half after a broken ankle (bone chips still there) now leads to a bit of stiffness on Monday. The first week was rough, but the second not too bad, so I expect it to get better each time. But the other workouts either at the Gym, with the XBox or outdoors make playing the game itself possible; which is a real joy. I just finished listening to Drive by Daniel Pink and realize that Soccer is one of those things that gets me into Flow. The game is something I have been working on mastering since living in the Netherlands in 10th grade and I’m eagerly looking forward to playing long into my golden years, many decades from now; it’s all part of The Plan.
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