We’ve had snow all this week and I can honestly say that I did miss it. We had the blizzard at the beginning of December but that all melted within a week. We did go for a walk last night with the dog but it was a trite cold. We both had ski masks on and even with that and long underwear, the 15 degree temperature was obvious. We’re trying to stick with walking 3-4 times a week to help with our blood pressure and weight.

At work I got a “healthy update” e-mail describing how to calculate body mass index, or BMI for short. It tells you if you’re too fat and should feel worse about yourself. If you’d like to feel worse as well, do the following: Divide your weight, in pounds, by your height, in inches, two times. Multiply that answer by 703. Example: 200lbs & 6’2″ height = 200 / 74 / 74 * 703 = 25.68. Then compare your result with the following table:

Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 â?? 24.9 Healthy Weight
25.0 â?? 29.9 Overweight
30.0 â?? 40.0 Obese

I ended up in the tip the scale category. I can’t remember if I mentioned it before, but my new employer is basing next year’s health insurance deductible on four separate readings: blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, and smoking indication. Tazz and I are working on the weight which should help keep the high peaks off my blood pressure. I am taking medication for that but I think it’s not enough. We’re still not smoking which is good because you can’t have smoked for a year in order to sign an affidavit to the effect that you don’t smoke. I think it’s just illegal to do something like this but I can see their motivation. If you’re doing something about your health, then you pay less. If you chose to do nothing then you pay more. I did make sure that even if your numbers were high you could still get the discounts if you get a note from a doctor saying you’re under a treatment plan or it’s just genetic and will always be high.

Anybody else have Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) at their work? I’d be curious to hear how migraines will factor into this whole deal.

Categories: Headaches


I'm a 20-something full time geek, part time student and photographer with a life partner, dog, house, and the two cars. I also have an ice pick in my left temple every day.


Jen · January 18, 2007 at 3:24 PM

I was once denied health insurance when I applied for my own policy (as opposed to being part of a group plan) because of my migraine history. It was incredibly surprising to be turned down for something like that. I can get coverage in group plans, thankfully.

ErinM · January 18, 2007 at 10:15 PM

I’ve never had migraines be a problem with my insurance. But then again… they’ve never really asked.

I can see why insurance companies are going more towards the type of plans you’re talking about. My company is trying to phase one in, but right now it’s only an option. They’re big thing is prevenative medicine. You get money in this reserve type of thing for every extra preventative thing that you do (ie: quit smoking, lose weight, whatever). And all preventative testing is free (cholesteral tests, pap’s, whatever…)

Makes sense. Saves them money in the long run.

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