As employer-sponsored wellness programs have grown in popularity, some employers offer biometric screenings to help employees manage their health.\nFind out why some employers offer biometric screenings to help employees manage their health. Click To Tweet\nWhat Is a Biometric Screening?\nThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a biometric screening as a measurement of physical attributes \u2014 height, weight, blood pressure, and more \u2014 that can be taken at a worksite and used for a workplace health assessment.\n“Growing up we all were taught to learn height and weight as basic measurements,” said Kevin M. Wong, MD, of Westmoreland Family Medicine-UPMC.\n“By adding these other critical measurements (weight, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol) and understanding the importance of family history rolled into this mix of numbers, a picture of one’s health potential unfolds,” he said.\nThese metrics help benchmark and evaluate changes in employee health over time. Biometric screenings are now also used outside of the workplace by insurance companies and individuals alike.\nCommon biometric screening test measurements include:\n\nHeight\nWeight\nBody mass index (BMI)\nBlood pressure\nBlood cholesterol\nBlood glucose\nAerobic fitness\n\nRELATED: What Your Body Shape Says About Your Health\nWhy Have a Biometric Screening?\nThe purpose behind a biometric screening is to help create a baseline for your current health. Companies might request these screenings to help them create health management programs or structure insurance benefit plans.\nCreate a baseline for your current health by having a #biometric screening performed. Click To Tweet\n\nInsurance companies might request these screenings to identify possible health risks or get a baseline for an age group or demographic\nAthletic trainers and nutritionists, meanwhile, might offer screenings to gauge the health of their clients.\n\n“Employers and insurers realize the cost saving of reducing health risk, and that’s why they offer incentives to get these basic measurements, hoping an individual can reduce their risk of future illness,” said Dr. Wong.\n\nFind a UPMC primary care physician. Call 1-855-676-UPMCPCP (8762)\u00a0or visit\u00a0UPMC Find a Doctor. For more information, visit the\u00a0UPMC Primary Care website.\u00a0\nHow to Get a Biometric Screening\nThere are three main ways to have a biometric screening:\n\nYour primary doctor can perform the biometric screening\nYour employer may request that you have a biometric screening and arrange for you to meet with a health care professional\nYou can order a biometric screening kit and perform the test at home\n\n“By identifying some of these risk factors early, we can hopefully help modify a person’s risk by lifestyle changes,” Dr. Wong said.\nStay in tune with your health. Arrange for a biometric screening with your doctor and visit the UPMC Primary Care website.