Topic: Human Resources

September 26, 2008

Ball State is providing benefits-eligible employees the opportunity to complete an online questionnaire to help them better identify potential health risks. Employees who complete the survey by Oct. 30 will receive a $50 gift certificate.

The Life Health Assessment (LHA) is an online questionnaire designed to help employees evaluate their overall health. Confidential results from the questionnaire are immediately available online, said Patty Hollingsworth, manager of health enhancement programs and director of Ball State's Working Well program.

The LHA contains items about health history and lifestyle habits, with topics covering driving and safety, sleep, physical activity, nutrition and stress. Registration and completion of the questionnaire should take about 20 to 30 minutes.

Employees who complete the LHA can do so in more than one sitting. Information may be saved and completed at a later time. Participants are encouraged to share their results with their primary care physician.

Hollingsworth said this is the first such campuswide health assessment for the university.

"The results of your Life Health Assessment will not be shared with the university, but by taking the assessment, you'll be adding vital information to a pool of data that will help us develop programs to benefit Ball State employees," she said.

The LHA is the latest example of the university's commitment to improving its employees' health and well-being. The university also offers free wellness screenings on campus at: the QuickClinic, located in the Amelia Wood Health Center, Room 008. Screenings are done Monday to Friday, from 7 to 9 a.m. through Oct. 29. Screenings also can be done at the Nutrition Clinic, located in the Applied Technology Building, Room 203, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. through Oct. 29.

For more information about the LHA, the QuickClinic or other Ball State health initiatives, go to