Filling out the wellness profile at Penn State.

In an effort to reduce health care costs, Penn State University, being self-insured have come up with a program where faculty and staff must complete and pass a wellness profile or face a $100/month increase in the employee portion of the health care costs.

Being somewhat frugal, and very loyal to PSU, a person I hold very dear went to do her duty and complete the profile. A woman at the desk takes the necessary information and then proceeds with  her weight, height and the all-important waist measurement.

“Hmm, I see your Body mass index is 28 and with your waist you are borderline obese. I will have to enroll you in an exercise regimen.”

“I do not want to start exercising in my condition”

“Well then here is a list of dieting instructions”

“I am not going on a diet in my condition”

“well, there is no way I can qualify you for passing the wellness profile. I will have to refer you to the counselor”

Later at the counselor.

“Hmm, I see your Body mass index is 28 and with your waist you are borderline obese. I will have to enroll you in an exercise regimen.”

“I do not want to start exercising in my condition”

“Well then here is a list of diets you can choose from”

“I am not going on a diet in my condition. I am seven months pregnant!!”

“So you say, but at your age and BMI and waist measurement you are at significant higher risk for heart disease and other complications.”

“Can’t you see I am pregnant?”

“I only have my computer glasses on so I cannot verify your condition. Besides, it is not for me to determine. Come back in three months. Then we can see if the situation has changed. Have a good day!”

And this isn’t even Obamacare!

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lenbilen

Retired engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, computer chip manufacturing and finally adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania State University, taught just one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

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