Healthy Living at Work Pilot FAQs
Q. Is the Center for Healthy Living open over the lunch hour from 12 – 1 p.m.?
A. Yes, the Center for Healthy Living is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lab hours are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Q. How far out will my appointment be scheduled?
A. The Center for Healthy Living is making every effort to accommodate your screening within two weeks of when you contact the center for an appointment. Please check availability before completing your Form 33ABSENCE.
Q. What if my normally scheduled hours are outside the Center for Healthy Living’s operational hours?
A. The center’s operating hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., so you may be able to schedule an appointment just before or just after your shift. Of course, if you are unable to have your annual physical exam during your regularly scheduled work time, you will be participating on your own time, rather than on paid release time. You will still receive the eligible services at no charge.
Q. Can I schedule my appointment to be after my working hours?
A. Sure, if the center is open at that time. Of course, you won't be paid for the time you're at the center, if the time is outside your working hours.
Q. What is included in an annual exam?
A. An annual physical exam is recommended to review your medical history and to give your health care provider an opportunity to address any new or ongoing issues.
At the beginning of the visit, staff at the center will check your blood pressure, height, weight and pulse. The health care provider will ask general questions related to your family medical history, your recent and past conditions, and your overall wellness. You’ll be asked about tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition and stress.
The provider will then complete a comprehensive evaluation, listening to your heart and lungs, assessing the health of your skin, abdomen, nerves and muscles, and checking your ears, nose and throat. In addition, women will be examined in the pelvic and breast areas. Based on this comprehensive assessment, the provider will give you educational materials, recommend immunizations, and possibly request further screenings, such as laboratory tests, a mammogram or a colonoscopy.
Q. Am I required to have a well woman exam (pap test) as part of my annual exam?
A. No, it is not required. You just need to notify the center when making your appointment.
Q. Can I schedule an appointment at the Center for Healthy Living if I’ve already had an annual exam with my physician in the community?
A. Yes, you are still eligible for an annual physical exam at the center, and it will be covered by your insurance.
Q. Can employees from the regional campuses take advantage of the pilot while at the West Lafayette campus?
A. While all benefits-eligible employees may use the Center for Healthy Living, the pilot program is only for West Lafayette employees.
Q. Can I go to my community doctor in paid status through the Healthy Living at Work pilot?
A. No, the pilot program supports annual physical exams at the Center for Healthy Living only. You may use sick leave if you go elsewhere for your annual physical.
Q. I’ve read that I should record time as “Other leave-paid,” but the time sheet says only “Other leave.” Do I record it differently than “Other leave”?
A. No, please record the time as “Other leave.”
Q. My primary transportation during work is in a University vehicle. Can I still go to the center?
A. Yes, your paid release time is considered University business, so as long as you have your supervisor’s approval, you can use a University vehicle to get to the center.
Q. Why is Purdue running Healthy Living at Work as a pilot, rather than introducing it as an ongoing program?
A. Before getting approval for an ongoing program, Purdue must determine if employees take advantage of the pilot’s offerings, if the pilot increases the number of employees who get an annual physical, and if the process works smoothly.
Q. What will be your measurement of success?
A. We will be evaluating many aspects. For example, we will be evaluating the cost savings of getting your annual physical at the Center for Healthy Living versus from a community provider. We will also be evaluating whether the pilot has increased the number of employees who are getting their preventive screenings, which lead to early detection of disease.