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New Internet health assessment available to Montanans

April 5, 2004

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There is a new, free, Internet-based health assessment tool available to Montanans.

Montana State University-Bozeman's Employee Wellness program, and the Dartmouth Primary Care Research Network in affiliation with Dartmouth Medical School, are making the program "How's Your Health Montana?" available to Montana residents.

The program allows individuals to log onto their own personal health assessment survey at www.howsyourhealth.org.

"We are really excited about this new program," said Kirk Keller, director of the MSU Wellness Program and program supervisor. "'How's Your Health Montana' provides a great tool for people to begin looking at their own health, determine ways they can improve their health and ultimately take responsibility for their health." Keller also said that no personal information is recorded during Internet sessions other than that the individual is from Montana.

"We specifically opted not to separate the information even into city or county data," Keller said.

The confidential survey is designed by Dr. John Wasson at the Dartmouth Medical School to provide Montanans with printable, evidence-based health information materials and an action form designed to help them take better care of themselves and communicate with their physicians more effectively.

The project was funded by TwoMedicine, a Bozeman corporation engaged in preventative health and wellness and by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues.

The survey is simple to use. Just log onto www.howsyourhealth.org,click the "take survey" button, enter Montana as your area or region and answer the questions. The program asks a range of questions from general lifestyle questions such as "Do you smoke?" to more in-depth questions about family history and emotional support. The survey takes most people about 15 minutes to complete. Based upon an individual's response to the questions, they will receive an automated personalized report about their health and educational resources about conditions they may have listed as concerns.

For more information about "How's Your Health Montana?" please call Keller at (406) 994-6328 or e-mail him at kkeller@montana.edu.

Contact: Kirk Keller (406) 994-6328