health risk appraisal

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An assessment tool used by health promoters to evaluate how healthy a person is. A health-risk appraisal usually takes the form of an extended questionnaire that enquires into personal lifestyle habits, and personal and family medical history. It may be accompanied by laboratory tests for blood analysis, blood pressure, and physical fitness levels. The outcome is a profile outlining areas of high risk, and this is usually accompanied by strategies and targets for lifestyle change.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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