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October 12, 1994

Wellness Checkpoint

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Baltimore, Md


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JAMA. 1994;272(14):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520140075045

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The most powerful section of the program, the Wellness Assessment, begins after a rather tedious introduction. Through a series of more than 130 directed questions dependent on the user's sex and family history, the program determines a summary Wellness Risk Score consisting of family- and lifestyle-related factors. The yes-no and multiplechoice questions take about 20 minutes to complete. Topics incorporated into the scoring system include one's habits (smoking, alcohol, diet, medication, exercise, and driving), environment (work, home, and sun), social climate (stress and marital status), health indicators (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, weight, and age), and hidden risks (family history). This aspect of the program is particularly useful because it provides a detailed printed personal summary of one's individual assessment risk. After taking the assessment, one is given the opportunity to go back and set new personal goals in each category. The program then recalculates one's overall risk and lists the

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