What is Take Charge

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dcp_1938.jpgTake Charge! offers a variety of screening programs to meet individual and business needs.  Each screening provides an opportunity to learn more about individual health and what can be done to improve it.  Take Charge! is a quick and easy and has the advantage of immediate referrals to appropriate medical providers.

Why have a health screening?
The best way to stay healthy is to understand those factors that affect health and identify risks early. TAKE CHARGE! offers individuals and businesses these services in one, easy-to-use service at a very low cost.

How much effort does it take?
The actual time involved from start to finish ranges from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of screening profiles chosen.  Take Charge! involves answering a few health history questions, providing a blood sample and a few simple measurements. At the end a health educator will discuss your results with you.


Community/Mini-Screens include:
  • Total cholesterol and high density lipoproteins (HDL)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index
  • Smoking Status
Comprehensive Take Charge! (offered through employers) can include:
  • Complete lipid profile (cholesterol)
  • Glucose measurement (diabetes)
  • Pulmonary function measurement (lungs)
  • Blood pressure
  • Sleep habits
  • Body mass index
  • Smoking impact
  • Physical activity level

How will the Take Charge! information be reported?
Individuals receive a written report at the end of the screening and a one-on-one information session with a health educator. With the individual's permission a copy of the report will be provided to their doctor. If an individual does not have a doctor, St. Mary's will help you find one and set up an appointment as part of the visit.  Employers will get an aggregate report (no individual information will be provided) that can help them plan health promotion initiatives to reduce health risks among their employees.

How do I make arrangements to participate in TAKE CHARGE?

  • For an individual or employer screening call the Prevention and Wellness Office at 207-777-8898.  Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Watch local newspapers for notices of Community Screening sessions. Sessions are offered frequently. Please call 777-8898 to find out when the next screening is scheduled.

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