The appraisal begins with a question of overall health. The follow-on questions seek more specific information about blood pressure and cholesterol, medical conditions, such as an ailment, and symptoms, such as pain.
It includes questions (in drop-down menu form) about family history as well as physical activity and exercise, productivity, diet, body weight, psychological and social health, substance use and health and safety.
It concludes by inquiring about readiness for change, for instance, trying to eat better, increase exercise, quit smoking or drinking.
Upon completion of the questionnaire, click "submit" and the results are on the user's screen. The feedback is given in blocks of information as they apply to the four dimensions of wellness.
After completing the Health Risk Appraisal, persons have access to the Air Force Materiel Command wellness Web page.
Because individuals have taken the Health Risk Appraisal, the site is more of a personal online diary for wellness. Participants can set goals and track their progress toward them.
In addition to an overall wellness profile, individuals have their own activity, weight, blood pressure and blood panel logs.
There are various wellness newsletters, covering topics ranging from eating well to fighting depression to managing stress, as well as featured monthly topics, such as heart disease and osteoporosis.
In addition to being voluntary the program is completely anonymous, Leitnaker said. When setting up a login identification and PIN, individuals are asked to supply some basic demographic information. An e-mail address is optional but not required.
However, submitting an e-mail address enables the contractor to provide individuals with targeted health program information. Addresses are encrypted and not shared.
The launch of the Health Risk Appraisal and the Air Force Materiel Command Civilian Wellness Support Center, as well as the wellness memorandum of agreement and tobacco control policy, are all part of the command's Wellness and Safety Campaign, which will debut officially in May.
Carlson identified wellness and safety of the command's military and civilian work force as one of his top three priorities shortly after assuming command in August 2005.
By creating a wellness-focused and safe work force throughout the command, Carlson intends to enhance readiness and productivity of it, and minimize personal risk of preventable injury, illness or suicide.
The campaign will build upon the already established Air Force Materiel Command Wingman culture, which is to be alert, get involved and take action.