CSI's Employee Health Initiative

A message from CSI Human Resources

health The Know Your Numbers (KYN) screening is available to us free of charge as part of our insurance contract with SelectHealth. This screening is compliant with HIPAA regulations. Information collected is housed and owned by St. Luke's and SelectHealth.

The College supports and recognizes the value of employee health and wellness and believes in our responsibility to encourage healthy habits for our employees. The KYN screening and health coaches are tools you can use to help maximize and protect your health for a lifetime.

The CSI Employee Health Initiative is a voluntary program that is free to all benefited employees.

When our screenings are offered

Know Your Numbers screenings are offered annually, generally in April, and to new employees as they are hired. There are three ways to participate: by visiting SLMV Occupational Health directly, attending an annual screening on campus, or by getting your personal physician's signature on a form verifying you are current for a physical and lab tests. In that case, the employee starts the form, gets the doctor's signature and then the employee turns it in directly to St. Luke's following the instructions on the bottom of the form.

Links to forms:

Doctor Verification form - for anyone that is current on exams and labs with a personal physician. Substitute this form for an onsite screening and submit directly to the St. Luke's HealthyU Team. Find directions on the form.

The CSI Health Initiative is voluntary

It is important for all employees to know the Health Initiative and all other aspects of the CSI Wellbeing Program and completely voluntary. For those that do participate, please know that the College is required by law to maintain your privacy and security with regard to any health information you provide or that is obtained during a screening or online health assessment.

You information will not be shared with a supervisor or director and may never be used to make decisions regarding your employment.

Please find the complete notice of your protections online.

Everything you need to know to participate

  1. Who will this involve?
  2. What is the incentive for me to participate?
  3. What tests are involved?
  4. Do I need the screening if I've already seen my provider?
  5. What will the results indicate to me?
  6. Why do we measure this stuff?
  7. What if my screening detects a health concern?
  8. What is Health Coaching?
  9. Where do I go for the screening and assessment?
  10. Who to contact with questions

Who will this include?

Benefited employees and interested spouses are encouraged to participate -- although only full-time employees will be eligible for rewards. A benefited employee is anyone that is full-time and receives SelectHealth insurance coverage. Part-time employees are also welcome to engage in our program although there are no rewards in place for non-benefited employees at this time. We look forward to including more spouses and adult family members in the future just as we have always done with the CSI Wellness Program. We care about the health of our employees entire family.

What is the incentive for me to participate?

CSI's Health Initiative is a wellness program that Engages, Educates and Empowers you and your family to achieve optimal health. Because good health depends largely on the choices we make, CSI's Health Initiative provides support and incentives to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Participation is voluntary but also includes the possibility of health plan premium reductions or a one-time participation incentive per plan year.

What tests are involved?

Know Your Numbers screening

This program assesses weight and health risk according to these five key measures:

    1. Glucose level with a finger prick test
    2. Blood pressure
    3. Height & Weight
    4. Waist circumference
    5. Tobacco use

Do I need the screening if I've already seen my provider?

If you have seen your provider in the past year or are current for any exams or lab work accoreding to your provider, that person can authorize your participation by signing the Doctor's Verification Form. Print that form from the top of this page and follow the directions and deadline to submit it to St. Luke's by email or drop-off. You will still be eligible for the health insurance premium reduction or participation incentive if you submit the provider information

What will the results indicate to me?

A fasting blood glucose test measures the amount of sugar, called glucose, in your blood after you have not eaten for at least 8 hours -- only water is allowed. If on medication, you should take your medications as directed. It is used as a screening tool for prediabetes and diabetes. Elevated blood glucose levels can damage your eyes, kidneys and blood vessels over time. If your fasting blood sugar is elevated, it does not mean that you have diabetes; however, it does indicate that you should be evaluated by a health care provider. Recommended: Fasting blood glucose of less than 100 mg/dL. For those with diabetes HgA1c or < than 8.0.

Blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and contributes to heart disease. Hypertension often has no symptoms, but can be treated with lifestyle changes in diet, exercise or medication. Recommended: PB less than 140 and 90 mmHg.

Height and weight determine your body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. Recommended: BMI of Men waist < 40, Women < 35.

Measuring waist circumference helps screen for possible health risks that come with overweight and obesity. If most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you are at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men.

Tobacco use disclosure has special weight in our Health Initiative because it is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart and other chronic diseases. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack. According to the CDC, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Why do we measure this stuff?

Biometric screenings that measure fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, height, weight and waist circumference readings are performed annually to evaluate your health status. These numbers help identify your risk factors for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, being overweight or obesity. This information also provides a baseline for monitoring your health over time.

For the College of Southern Idaho, this means an organization of healthier, more accountable employees and lower health care costs for everyone. Lower insurance and health care costs equates to more money in everyone's pockets.

What if my screening detects a health concern?

We would want you to share these results with your provider. In addition, a health coach will be available to help you determine the urgency and create an action plan. Health coaches will be available to support your on-going efforts include health coaching, educational materials, and on-campus activities provided by the CSI Wellness Program in conjunction with our health partners: SelectHealth and St. Luke's.

What is Health Coaching?

CSI's Health Initiative coaches are educators who provide in-person and/or telephone-based guidance, motivation, and support to help you set and reach your wellness goals. St. Luke's health coaches work with individuals and/or small groups to identify life's barriers and help you assemble the tools and resources for success. Call (208) 814-9180 for more information.

Where do I go for the screening and assessment?

Know Your Numbers screenings will be offered FREE of charge to employees either at the work site or very nearby. For CSI instructors and staff located on the main campus the screenings will be conducted at various buildings throughout the month of April. Other agencies under CSI may be offered the screenings at times more suited to their specific schedules.

You may also prefer to have your personal physician complete the verification form during your annual wellness exam. Find that form at the top of this page and follow the directions at the bottom of the page for submission.

Who to contact with questions

For other questions regarding CSI medical benefits and insurance contact Anita Tatge at atatge@csi.edu or by telephone at 732-6206. For questions about the CSI Employee Wellbeing Program contact Judy Heatwole, coordinator, at jheatwole@csi.edu or by telephone to 732-6269.