Yearly Checkup Pays Off - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Yearly Checkup Pays Off

Caryn Ireland Caryn Ireland

By Angela Keen

(KHNL) - That yearly health checkup may pay off more than you realize.  A study released by health insurer HMSA shows those who participated in a yearly checkup reduced their medical costs and improved their health. 

HMSA followed those who take advantage of it's free program called HealthPass from 2002 to 2005.  The study shows, people who participated in the annual checkup ended up healthier, and they actually saved about $500 on their health care costs per year.

Caryn Ireland who works with HMSA's Health Promotion and Preventative Services said, "So, certainly in the study we saw significant declines in people that may have had high numbers of those particular issues and part of that is having them go back and making sure they are well connected with their physician they might have started a better exercise program they may have made changes in their diet. All of those things are what is about keeping people healthy and getting people healthy."

HealthPass takes about 20 to 30 minutes of your time, it requires you to fast four hours before the exam.  It is available for HMSA members and there is also a special HealthPass program for teens.  For more information on how you can participate in the free HMSA HealthPass just log click on the HMSA website link.  

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Victory for Kauai kumu hula after Japan court rules she may copyright her choreography

    Victory for Kauai kumu hula after Japan court rules she may copyright her choreography

    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-09-22 19:43:26 GMT
    Debate surrounding the copyrighting of hula led to a legal battle in a Japan court. (Image: Go Hawaii)Debate surrounding the copyrighting of hula led to a legal battle in a Japan court. (Image: Go Hawaii)

    During the four year legal battle, kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Hanapepe, Kauai danced in a Japan court to show that her hula choreography was original. 

    More >>

    During the four year legal battle, kumu hula Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza of Hanapepe, Kauai danced in a Japan court to show that her hula choreography was original. 

    More >>
  • Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

    Shame, fear: Survivors explain not reporting sexual assaults

    Friday, September 21 2018 6:20 PM EDT2018-09-21 22:20:29 GMT
    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-09-22 19:36:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington for the third day of his confirmation ...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington for the third day of his confirmation ...
    Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault.More >>
    Survivors respond with fury to Trump's remarks on woman who accused court nominee of sexual assault.More >>
  • Landslide forces the closure of Manoa Falls Trail - and rattles nerves

    Landslide forces the closure of Manoa Falls Trail - and rattles nerves

    Saturday, September 22 2018 3:33 PM EDT2018-09-22 19:33:27 GMT
    A landslide has forced the closure of Manoa Falls Trail.A landslide has forced the closure of Manoa Falls Trail.

    The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed Manoa Falls Trail Friday evening after a 100 foot landslide brought down trees and boulders at the upper pool of the trail.  

    More >>

    The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources closed Manoa Falls Trail Friday evening after a 100 foot landslide brought down trees and boulders at the upper pool of the trail.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly