Worksite health fairs offer free health screening tests

The Human Resources Department has scheduled five health and wellness fairs to give employees an opportunity to obtain free health screening tests. The tests can help you better assess your risks for heart disease and diabetes — all without a trip to the doctor’s office. Test results will be available that same day, and a nurse will go over your results with you.

Health Fair biometric screening covers:

Biometric screening will earn you 100 My Health Rewards* points

In addition to getting useful health risk information, you can use the screening to earn 100 points in Medica’s My Health Rewards program. Employees who earn 300 points by Aug. 31, 2013, will be eligible for the lower health insurance premium in 2014.

Advance registration required

The testing process takes about 15 minutes, and employees must register in advance for a time slot to lessen wait times at the health fairs. Employees planning to attend a health fair at Hiawatha, Currie, Public Housing Authority or the Park Board, should sign up by completing a sign-up form posted at that building.

Because a notice posted last week on CityTalk generated so many registrations, all slots for the City Hall health fair have been filled. To accommodate interest, additional screenings at City Hall will be scheduled in the near future. Please watch CityTalk and this newsletter for additional information. (If you work in City Hall and wish to attend a screening at another building, please register by contacting Amy Friedman at extension 2592 or [email protected].)


2013 Employee Health Fair Schedule

City Hall Rotunda (4th St. entrance)
250 S. 5th St.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hiawatha Maintenance Facility
1901 East 26th St.
Thursday, Feb. 21

7 – 10 a.m.

Currie Conference Center
1200 Currie Ave. N.
Monday, Feb. 25
7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Public Housing Authority
1001 Washington Ave. N
Tuesday, Feb. 26
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Minneapolis Park Board
2117 West River Road
Monday, March 4
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

My Health Rewards* activities

Participating in these activities will help you earn the 300 points needed to be eligible for lower health insurance premiums in 2014.

Personal Health Profile (100 points) – Complete this short health questionnaire by logging onto and clicking on the Health & Wellness tab. In addition to earning 100 points, you will receive a $20 gift card from Medica.

Biometric Screening (100 points) – Obtain lab results for blood glucose, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood pressure and body mass index. If you participate in biometric screening at an on-site event such as the Employee Health Fair, your results will be automatically submitted to Medica, and you’ll earn 100 points without having to complete any additional paperwork. (You can also have testing done by your physician and submit a Health Action Notification form to Medica.)

Fit Choices by Medica (100 points) – Work out at a participating fitness center eight times per month for at least four months between now and July 31, 2013, to earn 100 points. To enroll in the program, bring your Medica ID card to your health club.

Health Topics and Goals (100 points) – If you complete eight new health topics and set eight health goals, you will earn 100 points and a $40 gift card from Medica.

For more information

To learn about additional options — participating in a personal health coaching program, smoking cessation program or by-invitation program designed to help people with specific health conditions — visit the City’s My Health Rewards webpage.   

Information about the My Health Rewards program and City wellness efforts is also being mailed to the homes of all employees who have Medica health care coverage. All printing and postage costs associated with this mailing are paid for by Medica.


Published Feb 13, 2013



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