The Peoria Unified School District (PUSD) held a health and wellness fair for their employees a week ago on October 18, 2012. Faced with rising health care premiums and wanting to keep as many resources in the classroom as possible, PUSD has increased its efforts to reach out to employees and improve their health. The health fair was well attended and included:
- The Kidney Trust – Performed over screenings for early kidney disease detection;
- United Healthcare (UHC) provided diabetes screening (A1-C testing) through their DCPA program;
- Delta Dental provided information on dental hygiene, maintenance and coverage;
- VSP (Vision Service Plan) provided information on proper vision care and coverage;
- Walgreens – Flu vaccines;
- Abundant Health Chiropractic provided stress relief exercises and instruction on proper posture and alignment;
- Cholesterol Checks;
- Blood Pressure checks;
- B-12 Shots;
- Solis Women’s Health, provided informatin on breast cancer screenings;
- The Dairy Council;
- Mobile On-site Mammography Unit (MOM);
- Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) helped plan and set up the event and was there to explain benefits.
PUSD employees benefit from free preventive care. Identify early cases of kidney disease, colon cancer, diabetes, breast cancer, cholesterol issues, and related problems can save up to $150,000 per employee early detected, as well as saving their lives and the suffering of loved ones. It is also a way to retain quality teachers and staff while reducing days missed for illness. By keeping employees healthy and employing early detection, everyone wins. The employees, the students, the district, and the taxpayers.
The screenings were very successful in identifying several unknown health conditions which will pay dividends both in saved funding, but more importantly, better health outcomes for those involved.
Congratulations to Peoria Unified School District (PUSD)!