EVERY DAY OUR BUSY ROUTINES put tremendous strain on our mental and physical health. In the workforce, health costs continue to rise with the increasing number of people who are overweight or obese and prone to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
While we are busy toiling away at work, Cardiovascular Disease is surprising almost 1 in 4 people. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects the heart and blood vessels and can manifest as a heart attack, stroke, angina, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
It is little surprise that in these busy times almost eighty percent of the population have at least one risk factor for CVD. These risk factors, if addressed early, can be eliminated and one can reduce their risk of developing CVD considerably.
CVD contributes to increasing health costs and employers are already bearing costs approaching tens of billions of dollars a year. The fact that most of these risk factors are modifiable and yet health costs continue to rise conveys that there is a need for better focus on early prevention.
We are all guilty of behavior that can contribute to an increased risk of CVD.
How many times have you worked through lunch?
How often is it easier to grab take-out when you are running late?
How many times have you convinced yourself that you are going to start eating better when work is not so hectic?
We would rather convince ourselves that this sort of situation is temporary and will improve in time. We tell ourselves ‘It won’t be as busy next month’, but somehow when next month arrives, so do new issues.
Some of the solutions to these lifestyle problems are very simple and once identified can have you back on the healthy track in no time.
Thus the Healthy Heart Check was designed. Employees are educated about their own areas of risk and informed of the necessary lifestyle changes needed to minimize their chances of developing CVD or diabetes. The Healthy Heart Check is specifically designed to conveniently and cost effectively identify risk factors that can reduce the likelihood of developing CVD and diabetes whilst cutting the costs associated with illness and absenteeism in your organization.
We spend the majority of our weekdays at work so it only makes sense to introduce these programs in the work environment. Everyone will walk away with a wealth of information pertaining to their current health status and if needed, a plan they can implement themselves to get their health back on track before it becomes a cost for your business.
Supporting a health check at work is a wonderful way to show your employees that you care about their health.