When was the last time you booked an appointment to get lab work done and analyzed by your primary physician? If you haven’t seen a doctor in a while and want to know where you’re at in terms of blood sugar, cholesterol or eating habits, you can now combine a quick health check-up with your grocery errands – in one trip. Opened in November 2011, a Blue Shield Store occupies the streetside space of a Lucky Supermarket and offers health checks (called healthy profiles) as well as classes on nutrition, women’s wellness, weight management or stress management – for free or a nominal fee.
This one-stop-shop concept will probably appeal to busy parents who will appreciate the ease of parking (free downstairs garage) with the availability of medical services on site and the possibility to do their food shopping before or after. Even if they are not Blue Shield members, the services are available – only the cost will change. Blue Shield members receive full or partial discounts on the services whereas others have to pay a fee.
So far, the Blue Shield have seen quite a lot of shoppers intrigued by the idea and dropping in to learn more about the services or take classes. “A lot of people are not insured and this healthy profile is easy because you get results within the hour,” says a Summit Health registered nurse. “For $45 (non-members) or free (Blue Shield members), people book an hour-long appointment and the medical results do not need to be communicated with their current health provider.”
Here is what a simple prick of the finger will help you find out as part of the Healthy Profile: good and bad cholesterol, weight, BMI, body fat and blood pressure. Combined, these figures can indicate your risk of pre-diabetes and obesity and if monitoring your health was on the back burner, this can act as a wake-up call to improve your nutritional and exercise habits.
The author of this article found out that her blood sugar was too high and took subsequent steps to reduce her daily sugar intake. Information like that you don’t simply find out by looking at yourself in the mirror. It takes blood work and a prick of the finger is much less invasive and time-consuming than a full-on blood draw at a conventional lab.
Now if customers need guidance on the nutritional part or just a refresher on how to read labels, what food groups to prefer, where kids can get their vitamins from food or how to tell refined from unrefined sugar, Summit Health registered nurses can provide one-off or multi-week classes to cover all these topics. Some of the nutritional class is common sense but the detailed information provides a clear view on items such as proteins and carbohydrates, optimum calorie intake and what you have to cut out or add. Based on that, you can rethink home meals with a long-term health goal.
Conveniently, you can test your newly-acquired knowledge along the aisles of Lucky Supermarket and see if you can spot the unhealthy stuff in processed foods, pick cereals high in fiber for nutritious breakfasts or select high-vitamin fresh produce for your next meal.
As an added incentive, the Blue Shield store offers free Fitbit clips until May 6, 2012 to track your daily steps walked and calories burned to encourage daily walking habits.
- Website: http://blueshieldca.com/store
- Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
- Phone: (855) 258-3744
- Address: 1750 Fulton Street, San Francisco
- Receive $20 off your next visit with this coupon