Common questions we get asked about our Services...
What type of Health Checks do we provide?
|Discover your heart health and understand your risks of developing heart disease
- 7 blood markers
|Understand risk factors for developing chronic disease and track the health of your major organs
- 34 blood markers
|Get a comprehensive insight into your internal health and manage your risk of developing chronic disease
- 39 blood markers
|Our most advanced plan designed to assess and improve performance, energy levels, stress, inflammation, recovery, and overall health
- 52 blood markers
Where can I get my bloods taken?
With our Health Checks, bloods can be drawn in the following ways:
- With a Home Kit (available for our basic packages). You self-administer the blood draw through a fingertip sample and by filling 2 tubes.
- At a Partner Clinic. We have multiple partners all over the UK where you can make an appointment and go to get your venous bloods drawn.
- In your Organisation. We arrange for a nurse to come to your offices and spend the day with you. You’ll provide a private office and a schedule for staff to have their bloods drawn.
- Anywhere. You can arrange a place and time that suits you for one of our nurses to meet you and take your bloods (e.g. at home before you leave for work).
What’s involved in completing the Lifestyle Assessment?
Prolonged periods of stress without sufficient recovery can lead to serious overload and exhaustion. Our Lifestyle Assessment can highlight insufficient recovery levels before they become serious problem. Awareness allows preventative solutions that put you ahead of the game.
We will provide you with an advanced heart rate monitor from Firstbeat and a set of electrodes for you to to wear continuously for 5 days and nights in normal living conditions (Usually Thursday morning to Tuesday morning). This will arrive to you through the post and there will be a pre-paid return envelope for you to send the device back to us.
The monitor will record approximately 500,000 heartbeats and will analyse the variability of your heart rate throughout the day and night. This enables the software to create detailed report on daily levels of stress, physical activity, recovery and sleep quality. It even estimates your VO2max if you complete a 30min continuous brisk walk during your measurement, which is now considered as a Vital Sign of a person’s health status, according to the American Heart Association (2016).
A Support To Perform Consultant will provide you with personalised feedback on your confidential report and together you will have the opportunity to discuss an action plan of how to make any necessary progress to enhance your health & performance.
Note: Lifestyle Assessment is not a medical examination.
What is Heart Rate Variability?
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is simply a measure of the variation in time between each heartbeat. This variation is controlled by a primitive part of the nervous system called the autonomic nervous system (ANS). It works regardless of our desire and regulates, among other things, our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and digestion. The ANS is subdivided into two large components, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the fight-or-flight mechanism and the relaxation response.
HRV is an interesting and noninvasive way to identify ANS imbalances. If a person’s system is in more of a fight-or-flight mode, the variation between subsequent heartbeats is low. If one is in a more relaxed state, the variation between beats is high. In other words, the healthier the ANS the faster you are able to switch gears, showing more resilience and flexibility. Over the past few decades, research has shown a relationship between low HRV and worsening depression or anxiety. A low HRV is even associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular disease.
People who have a high HRV may have greater cardiovascular fitness and be more resilient to stress. HRV may also provide personal feedback about your lifestyle and help motivate those who are considering taking steps toward a healthier life.
A variety of physiological phenomena affect HRV, including:
- Inhalation and exhalation, control of breathing
- Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) adjustments
- Hormonal reactions
- Metabolic processes and energy expenditure
- Physical activity, exercise and recovery from physical activity
- Movements and changes in posture
- Cognitive processes and mental load
- Stress reactions, relaxation, and emotional reactions
Heart rate variability and myocardial infarction: systematic literature review and metanalysis. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, July-August 2009.
Reduced heart rate variability and mortality risk in an elderly cohort. The Framingham Heart Study. Circulation, August 1994.
How do I wear the Lifestyle Assessment Heart Monitor?
How does Lifestyle Assessment help Organisations?
What are Character Strengths?
Why do Character Strengths Matter?
Research shows that VIA character strengths can be used to address a variety of life challenges and achieve positive personal and professional outcomes.
Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:
- Buffer against, manage and overcome problems
- Improve your relationships
- Enhance health and overall well-being
Research reveals that people who use their strengths every day are:
- 3x more likely to report having an excellent quality of life
- 6x more likely to be engaged at work
What is the Character Strengths Psychometric?
Every individual possesses 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. You can discover your FREE personal character strengths profile by taking the scientifically validated VIA Survey.
Can I view a Character Strength Report?
This report presents character strengths as signature, middle and lesser and provides activities and tips on how and when to use the strengths in each category.
A youth-friendly review of signature, middle and lesser character strengths including tips, activities and quotes. Supplemental guides for teachers and parents are included for free!
The VIA Pro Report focuses exclusively and extensively on signature strengths. Studies show that using these strengths increases engagement, happiness and well-being.
Use character strengths to better understand the dynamics and improve upon the performance of any team or group configuration.
How do the Habit Change Programmes work?
All our Do Something Different programmes start with a simple online questionnaire that asks about your behaviours and habits. That allows us to create a unique Do experience precisely for you. If you are getting started for FREE with Go Do, we might ask about your general habits and routine. If you’re on a specific programme, we will focus more on your habits relating to that topic. You just answer as honestly as you can.
Then we’ll start sending your Do’s – small powerful actions – via App, SMS text and/or email. Each one is designed to encourage you outside your comfort zone and to try out new behaviours. Unlike most other change courses and self help books, we don’t try to cram your head full of information. We don’t want you to think. We want you to DO. We believe that it’s only by doing that you can bring about lasting change.
Each Do is a small, manageable thing you can do in an ordinary day. But change is never easy. That’s why we give you your very own Do Zone, that connects you with other people on your programme. See what they did. Tell them what you’ve done. Upload photos. Share experiences. Enjoy being part of a global movement.
At the end of your programme, we’ll invite you to fill in another simple questionnaire. That will show you what’s changed. It’s great to see the progress you’ve made. By now you’ll have seen the wonderful things that can happen when you do something different. So why stop? Keep going on your own and enjoy a richer, more fulfilling life from now on.
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