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Boringly Normal

My work has been having a bit of a health kick recently. I think they reckon that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce, so they’ve been offering free basic health screening, coupled with diet and exercise advice. It only took 15 minutes one lunch time, so I thought it was worth going along.

My weight, waist circumference, and BMI were slap bang in the middle of the acceptable range for my height; my cholesterol and blood sugar levels were fine; my blood pressure and resting heartbeat were very slightly elevated (unsurprising given how stressed I’ve been recently) but nothing to worry about; and I was told I ought to take more exercise which I knew anyway. All in all I was told I am “boringly normal”. It’s not often that anyone says that about me! But it’s reassuring that there’s no major problems and it shows that at I’m at least managing to feed myself a reasonable diet.

In fact, the only interesting result that came out of the test was that I found out that I was half an inch taller than I thought I was. I don’t know where that’s come from – I stopped growing decades ago!

I did find it quite funny that AXA Healthcare (the corporate provider of occupational health) have a big poster up in the works canteen promoting “Wellbeing” and “increased flexibility” with a picture of a woman kneeling on the floor and peering into a kitchen cupboard. Except that it looks very like she’s kneeling down to put her head in a gas oven! There’s clearly some hidden message there…..

{ 3 } Comments

  1. paulD | 19 August 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    “I found out that I was half an inch taller than I thought I was”

    Its not some ‘markup rate’ on the tape measure is it 🙂

  2. Gillian | 19 August 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I did wonder!

  3. Kevin | 24 August 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    When I was still in the workforce I noticed that after a night flat on my back I had to adjust the rear view mirror up when driving to work, but after work I had to adjust it down. Probably a combination of gravity compressing my spine along with old man hunching.