Executive Physicals:Don't Get Caught Running on Empty

Article by:
Adam Kaufman, EO Cleveland
Adam Kaufman
EO Cleveland

Adam Kaufman is president of the Inventory of Skills Foundation, soon to be re-branded as the Healthnet Foundation. This non-profit foundation focuses on providing medical information and access to members of the "O" community.

On 1 July 2006, the Inventory of Skills (IOS) will be re-branded as Healthnet Foundation. IOS is a member benefit for EO members and will continue to serve EO members under the Healthnet name. This name change symbolizes a renewed focus on providing members with valuable health tools. The new brand, new website and new health initiatives will be launched soon. For more information or for help with a medical request, call Healthnet at +1.440.893.0830.

8 hours.While most entrepreneurs pay attention to the smallest variances in their businesses, they often fail to acknowledge significant changes in their health. Some think that no doctor can truly detect anything that isn’t immediately obvious. While most of us are familiar with the standard annual physicals, many of us forego this experience because we feel fine. Or, even if we don’t feel 100%, we assume that it’s just from the stress of running a business. Maybe we simply cannot find time between a meeting with our CFO and soccer practice at night. The point is that we go: We don’t stop moving long enough to pay attention to the engine that is pulling everything in our lives— our bodies.

In a single work day, you can negotiate a better rate with a supplier and increase your profit margin for years. You can call your financial planner and make an investment to impact your retirement. You can book a vacation that will create lifelong memories for your family. Or you can have an Executive Physical and save your life.

Executive Physicals are one of the many services available to EO members as part of their Healthnet Foundation benefit. While these physicals are not free — they range from US$2,000 to US$3,000 — they are invaluable in determining your health for today and the future. During an average day of testing, which typically lasts eight hours, you will receive more than a snapshot of your current health. The physician will set benchmarks for future testing and provide guidance on adopting healthy behaviors to keep you running at maximum capacity.

The actual tests given in Executive Physicals vary by gender, age group and personal medical history, but a typical schedule covers:

  • Comprehensive Blood Work and Urinalysis
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Cardiac Stress Test
  • Visual Acuity and Glaucoma Testing
  • Hearing Evaluations
  • Chest X-rays
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Exercise Counseling
  • Lifestyle Assessment
8 hours.

Chances are that you are running on empty, because that’s the lifestyle of the entrepreneur— we are running full tilt all the time. Can you afford to take the time to make sure that you are in good health? Can you afford to miss out on a meeting with a client to make sure that you can have breakfast with your friends in 15 years? Can you afford to take a day out of your life today to ensure that you can have another day with your family in the future?

Can you afford not to?

For more information on Executive Physicals, contact the Healthnet Foundation at +1.440.893.0830. Consider scheduling your spouse for an executive physical the same day or making it a wellness weekend and adding a round of golf or tennis.

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