- How do you measure health improvement or maintenance?
- How will my privacy be protected?
- Since point submissions are self-reported, isn't it easy to cheat?
- Are Health Buddies health advisors?
- Are the services offered by the Student Health Center and Live for Life free of charge?
1. How do you measure health improvement or maintenance?
Health improvement or maintenance will be measured over the course of a year. Employees will have their Body-Mass Index (BMI) , cholesterol level, and blood pressure measured and recorded during a Health Check appointment with a Live for Life staff member. Live for Life is Duke's official employee health promotion program. A final Health Check will take place at the end of the contest and employees who show improvements or ideal measurements in BMI, cholesterol level, or blood pressure will be awarded points.
Students will complete an electronic Health Risk Assessment and these results will be evaluated by a dietician during a Nutrition Consultation at the Student Health Center. Students will later take a final Health Risk Assessment and these results will be evaluated during a final appointment at the Student Health Center.
2. How will my privacy be protected?
All health measurements will be kept confidential and shared only with a trained professional at Live for Life or the Student Health Center. Participants must sign the liability and consent statement on the registration form in order for their names and contact info to be shared with Prospective Health Challenge officials for contest purposes. No medical information of any type will be released.
3. Since point submissions are self-reported, isn't it easy to cheat?
Participants are expected to be honest and uphold the integrity of the point system. However, the point system is set up so that the majority of the points are awarded for health improvement and optimal health maintenance. Reaching health goals should therefore be the strategy for each contestant. In addition, there are hidden checks within the point submission process. Those who fail to honor the fairness of the Challenge will be disqualified.
4. Are Health Team Members health advisors?
No, team members are not allowed to offer any type of medical advice. Medically related issues or questions should be directed towards a physician. Team members only function to provide motivation and support.
5. Are the services offered by the Student Health Center and Live for Life free of charge?
Yes, any Duke undergraduate or employee is able to use the services that are relevant to the contest free of charge (see Resources).