More than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease each day - an average of one every 39 seconds. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and for women. In Louisville, heart disease accounts for 21% of all deaths, second only to cancer.
With more than 130 million American employees across the United States, workplaces provide an excellent setting to improve cardiovascular health. Worksite wellness programs can go a long way to reducing many of the major risk factors for heart disease including cigarette smoking, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. Helping employees adopt healthier lifestyles not only improves the quality of their lives but also helps to reduce absenteeism, improve workplace productivity and can reduce overall healthcare costs for your business.
To see how your worksite “scores” on employee health and wellness, take the CDC Worksite Health Scorecard. It’s a great tool to help employers use proven strategies to create healthier workplaces.
Worksite wellness strategies don’t have to be costly. One of the best strategies business owners can implement is leading by example. Are you walking with employees at lunch or right after work? Do you take the stairs instead of the elevator? Have you quit smoking? Are you getting an annual flu shot and encouraging employees to do so? The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has many ways to assist you as well. For technical assistance or more information on establishing a worksite wellness program at your business contact Leanne French at 574-6222 or at Leanne.French@louisvilleky.gov. If you already have a worksite wellness program and would like interface with other area worksite wellness initiatives through the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, contact our Worksite Wellness chairperson, Matt B. Schwartz, President, Schwartz Employee Benefits, (502) 451-1121 ext. 140 or Matt@schwartzinsgrp.com.
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