A Health Profile Assessment consists of physiological measurements, Sub-maximal test, and a consultation that draws upon the principals and theories of motivational interviewing. Ultimately a Health Profile Assessment is a tool to encourage the participant to take full responsibility for their future health. The efficacy of this method also lies in its ability to demonstrate how small lifestyle changes have a significant impact on long-term health.
After successful completion of this course all candidates will be able to
· Apply the scientific principles of the HPA method
· Optimally perform a Fitness Indicator Test on a cycle ergometer according to the client's unique health situation.
· Apply the principles of communication and active listening during an interview in order to ascertain relevant information
regarding a client's health status.
· Be able to interpret all data obtained in the assessment process and guide the participant towards choosing an appropriate
health improvement program.
· Actively use the Plustoo software while performing an HPA and also create statistical data for groups or individuals.
Covered by the unit standard
Specific Outcome 1 - Collect data in a client sensitive manner
Specific Outcome 2 - Interpret data in order to make decisions for participation or for physica activity readiness
Specific Outcome 3 - Assist the participant in making informed decisions in setting goals
Specific Outcome 4 - Manage data in order to provide continuity of support to the participant
The assessment criteria of this unit standard which is included in this material are as follows
1. Data is accurately recorded.
2. Data is stored systematically.
3. Necessary data sheets, questionnaires, forms, log books are sourced for the screening procedure.
4. Confidentiality and integrity of data is maintained.
5. Explains purpose and function of questionnaire.
6. Data is accurately interpreted according to accepted protocol for the particular screening tool.
7. The screening protocol is understood together with the issues and implications that make up the screening tool (e.g. smoking,
8. Results are accurately communicated to the fitness participant and/or referring practitioner.
9. Protocol/s are explained to the participant.
10. Displays listening skills, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive and supportive behaviour.
11. Creates conducive environment for the screening process.
12. Participant is consulted with in reaching conclusions, which relate to physical activity readiness.
13. Participant is guided towards goals appropriate to physical activity readiness.
14. Areas of performance which are evaluated are open to improvement.
Candidates working towards or within a health, fitness and wellness environment.
Basic anatomy and physiology knowledge, as well as computer and math skills are required for those who aim to become successful Health Profile Assessors.
20 hours distance learning (1 hour per day over 20 days/4 weeks
The method places strong emphasis on the relationship between life habits and the client’s health. Part of an HPA is a synthesis of data which demonstrates to the client their present fitness level and health status. It highlights the most recommended areas of improvement.
This one-on-one, non-invasive assessment method brings back the personal touch for those people in great need of lifestyle change. With an HPA the client is able to scientifically track their progress through a follow-up assessment.
Motivational interviewing is a very important part of an HPA. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an approach for helping participants change behavioural patterns by guiding them to access their own reasons and desires to make these changes.
The program has been designed under direct guidance of the HPA method's creators Dr. Gunnar Andersson and Dr. Sture Malmgren, two of Europe’s most well known authorities in Health Promotion.