Online tool measures health risks

LOS ANGELES -- Good Samaritan Hospital has launched a new online health risk assessment on its website, www.goodsam.org/healthstatus. The free tool features risk assessments for cardiac, diabetes, general, health risks, and fitness.The health risk assessment is based on the Healthier People study done by the Carter Center of Emory University. The assessments include: Secured online access to a detailed questionnaire; Secured and customized online report and print version that includes a summary of risk factors and recommendations for prevention; Listing of user's top 10 risks of mortality and comparison to U.S. averages; and Evaluation from a cardiology specialist in men's and women's health. In general, the assessments factor in the participant's family history, stress level, daily physical activities, drinking and smoking habits, along with general baselines according to the Healthier People study. The assessments also provide feedback with a summary document so the user can take it to their physician for further evaluation. The assessments focus less on the numeric ranking and encourage a move to healthier habits. ********** Published: February 27, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 45