Get Your CRP
A cardiac risk profile—or CRP—gives you information about some of the factors that can put you at risk for heart disease—things like elevated blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose.
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Where can I get my CRP?
You can get your CRP from your healthcare provider or, if you’re a Federal employee, from the FOH Health Unit at your worksite, where available.
Why should I get a CRP?
A CRP is a logical first step for understanding your risk for heart disease and to see if there are any adjustments to be made. You may need to make simple lifestyle changes, like increasing your physical activity or changing your diet, to help lower your heart disease risk. Or, your healthcare provider may suggest taking medication.
Can I use the CRP information when filling out my HRA?
Yes. The CRP and HRA go hand in hand. The information from the CRP is an essential part of your health risk assessment (HRA). Having this information will give you a more complete picture of where you stand as far as your heart health. And, you’ll get a more accurate overall evaluation and action plan from the HRA by including your CRP information.
How is my CRP information protected?
Your information is protected in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). And, if you’re a Federal employee and you got your CRP at a worksite clinic, the information is also protected in accordance with the Privacy Act.
What happens after I take my CRP?
After you take your CRP, you can first discuss the results with your healthcare provider or, if you’re a Federal employee, with the FOH Health Unit nurse at your worksite, where available. Then you can use the information for your HRA. Upon adding your CRP information and completing the other questions in your HRA, you will receive a summary report explaining your risk levels for each wellness category, as well as a wealth of tools and resources to take you even further on your path to good health.
Take Your HRA
By examining your health-related behavior and health history, your HRA can help you take control of your health, identify and prevent potential health risks, and begin living a lifestyle of enhanced wellness.
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Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decreases the risk of obesity.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) physical activity guidelines for Americans recommends that adults get at least 2½ hours of moderately to vigorously intense physical activity each week. You can spread this activity out over easy 30-minute increments, five days a week. Or you can choose from many activities and can accumulate activities in bouts of 10 minutes. The HHS also advises doing muscle-strengthening exercises 2 or more days a week.
However you choose to get your physical activity, “Go Time” means that the time to start is NOW. To stay motivated, try some of these tips.
GO with what you love
Find a form of physical activity that you enjoy –that really gets you moving—and do it 5 or more days a week. If it’s something you love to do, you’ll be much more motivated to do it regularly.
Set short- and long-term goals to GO realistically
You can also motivate yourself by setting short- and long-term goals. Break down your fitness goals into the logical steps it will take to get there. For example:
- 1. I will check with my doctor to see if there are any restrictions or cautions I should be aware of.
- 2. I will begin with 2 sessions of brisk walking for at least 10 minutes (for a total of at least 20 minutes each day) for the first two weeks.
- 3. I will walk briskly for 30 minutes every morning and do 15 minutes of strength training every other day for the next three weeks.
- 4. I will jog or cycle for 30 minutes every morning and add 10 more minutes to my strength training routine.
Track your progress as you GO
Having a clear picture of the advances you’re making can help keep you motivated to stay with your program and meet your goals. Something like USDA's Super Tracker can help you get a better picture of what activities might be working well for you and which ones you find more challenging. By setting and meeting short-term goals, you can claim many “little victories” that spur you on to reaching your ultimate goal. Remember to celebrate these victories.
Another great tool to help you manage and reach your health goals is the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+), a program of the President's Challenge. You can sign up for the six-week program to help you maintain or improve your health.
Way to GO! Reward yourself when you reach your goals
A simple reward when you reach you short- or long-term goals can be highly motivating. It reinforces the good work that you’re doing and can inspire you to do more.
GO with a buddy
Walking, running, going to the gym, whatever physical activity you chose, everything’s better with a friend or two. Having a friend are a group of people involved creates its own energy, which can give you a boost when your lagging. Plus, knowing that friends are depending on you to meet them is just the thing to get you out of the house and keep you going.