Did you know that cardiovascular disease will kill one woman every 80 seconds? And did you know that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented through lifestyle changes and education?
In February, as we observe American Heart Health month, there are many ways to engage employees while boosting awareness of heart-healthy behaviors. For example, the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women campaign advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association created the infographic below showing 7 practical steps to a healthier heart.
An organization may want to focus on heart-healthy eating by promoting DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet foods in its cafeteria. A University of Michigan Clinical Research Unit study found the DASH diet, aimed at lowering blood pressure, can also improve heart function.
Challenges that incorporate physical activity can motivate employees to increase their daily steps and can promote cardiovascular health and an active corporate culture as well.
While these traditional workplace initiatives are critical to improving the heart health of your population, I encourage employers to think about the heart a little differently this February. Employees are your human capital, and your most valuable resource. Therefore, your employee wellbeing program supporting the overall health of each employee is truly the heart of human capital.
Your wellbeing program has the potential to impact productivity, resilience, stress, health status and many other areas that are affecting your employees during their time at work. There are few other business components that can positively affect such a wide scope of employee concerns.
Maya Angelou said “every journey begins with a single step.”
Help your employees take a few heart-healthy steps this month, by expanding your focus on the workplace wellbeing program. To explore options that will excite and engage your workforce contact your OneDigital representative.