For 56 years, American Heart Month has sought to raise awareness of heart health and prevent heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.9 million deaths each year. That number is expected to increase to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
There are many factors that can contribute to a person’s risk of heart disease. Some you can’t do anything about, such as age, gender and genetics. Other risk factors, such as smoking, diet, physical activity, weight, cholesterol and blood pressure can be improved with lifestyle changes and/or medication.
What you do for a living can contribute to your risk of heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently did a study to determine the jobs that are most likely to cause heart attacks. A few of the top 10 jobs are significant to Amerisure’s policyholders.
The cost of heart health
Business owners and employers should understand that the cost of heart disease can go beyond the human cost. Heart-related employee health issues rack up $207 billion per year in medical expenditures and lost productivity. Fortunately, there’s something employers can do to improve those numbers. Another CDC study found that workplace programs that concentrate on heart disease in daily and working life could help lower risks.
Managing these programs using a total worker health approach, coupled with safety strategies and lifestyle-changing initiatives, is the most effective tactic to take to reduce heart disease risk in the workplace. In short, prevention needs to be a part of a company’s culture. Check out our tips to create an action plan and reinforce healthy behavior for your workers.
Create a heart-healthy action plan at work
Positively influencing workers to make smart lifestyle choices and increasing awareness of heart disease at the workplace will improve both your employees’ lives and your company’s bottom line. For additional assistance, Amerisure risk management can help you implement a Workplace Wellness Program at your company. Contact us at (800) 257-1900 or email@example.com for more information.