Over the years, Heart disease has become the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Accounting for approximately 1 out of every 4 deaths, it would be beneficial for employers to encourage employees to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle with heart health top of mind. Dr. Ron Goetzel, a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Institutive for Health and Productivity Studies, admits that “there are a lot of things employers could be doing to encourage healthy habits.” At Nova Medicals Centers, we strive to provide the best health for employees and have compiled a list of how employers can help.
Encourage a Healthy Diet
Provide healthy, nutrient-filled foods at special work events, potlucks, etc. Studies have shown that adopting a healthy diet can not only decrease the risk but even reverse cardiovascular damage that has already been done
Provide cooking workshops or recipes so employees are able to cook healthier meals at home
Try to encourage smokers to decrease their usage over a period of time while providing support throughout their journey
Have designated areas for employees who smoke with proper ventilation
Prevention is the best way to decrease chances of developing heart diseases and integrating health prevention into the company’s culture is an ingredient for increase company morale, employee retention, and overall happiness. Not only with these tips help workers to live longer, they are also financially beneficial to both the employer and employee.