Lowe’s Launches Mobile Health-Screening Tour for Employees

March 5, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - With busy schedules and rising health care costs, health screenings are not always top of mind.

But for Lowe’s employees at more than 1,300 Lowe’s locations across the United States, free screenings will be available right at work through Lowe’s Life Track health and wellness program.  According to a press release, this week two mobile-health units began traveling across the country to provide more than 70,000 Lowe’s employees with free basic health screenings and guidance about how to improve and maintain their health.

“Lowe’s is the first national retailer to provide free health screenings exclusively to our employees using mobile units,” said Bob Ihrie, Lowe’s senior vice president of employee rewards and services, in announcing the initiative. “When employees choose to take a health risk assessment (HRA) and participate in the health screening, they become actively engaged in their health and are able to get personal advice for their health needs. Over time, we will have a healthier, more productive workforce.”

The custom-built, mobile health screening units provide an efficient way to reach the most Lowe’s employees as possible, according to the firm. Over the next two and a half years, the two units will travel more than 100,000 miles across the United States – and employees will be able to track the units online as they travel across the country and book their appointments ahead of time.

The dedicated screening units will be staffed with trained medical professionals, who will upload the employees’ results to their personal, confidential online HRAs.

Health screenings include:

  • blood pressure,
  • total cholesterol,
  • triglycerides,
  • glucose,
  • waist size,
  • hip size,
  • weight,
  • height,
  • body fat percentage and
  • Body Mass Index (BMI).

The complete screenings take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and can be done during work hours.