Heart disease is a known problem in the United States. There are more than 12 million people who visit the doctor each year for problems related to heart disease. These can include strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases. A few symptoms that patients might experience include fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression and/or difficulty focusing on tasks.
Nearly 600,000 people die from heart disease each year – that’s about 1 out of 4 individuals. Around $313 billion is invested in treatment and indirect costs. There are initiatives that your business can carry out to promote heart health and wellness to employees.
Activities and Programs
Staying active, maintaining a balanced diet, and being attentive can help in improving one’s heart health.
Your organization can participate in good mental and physical health. Here are a few options you can consider implementing:
- Develop healthier options in vending machines and break rooms. You can reach out to your food distributor(s) and request healthy alternatives – such as nuts, fresh & dried fruits and whole grains.
- Encourage some type of physical activity. You can motivate employees to take walks during their breaks around the building. It has been proven that walking at least 6,000 steps every day can improve one’s health.
- Place signs by or in elevators motivating employees to take the stairs. Using the stairs every day may result in reducing one’s risk of heart attacks by half.
Try to support your employees in making healthy choices. Presenting gym memberships could be a good alternative for individuals who are not able to walk laps around or near their office.
Inform your employees that taking steps can enhance heart health. Providing them with heart risk evaluations, medical screenings and educational workshops is a good way of promoting healthy life styles.
Healthier Employees are More Productive Employees
If your employee is affected by heart disease, it can lead to absences from work, mediocre performance and even death. Leaders within their organization should motivate and encourage employees to make smarter heart health choices. Initiatives such as providing knowledge on health and healthier food options could be the start of healthier lifestyles.
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