February and hearts go together. Valentine’s Day is in February, of course, but did you know that February is also American Heart Month? This is a great time to take steps to improve heart wellness at your workplace.
Heart Disease: The Leading Killer of Men and Women
A strong workforce is a healthy workforce. When workers are sick, their productivity drops, their absenteeism increases, and their medical costs skyrocket. Poor health can also have a negative impact on office morale and turnover rates. Everyone benefits when workers are healthy.
Unfortunately, many workers are not healthy, and heart disease is a common culprit. According to the CDC, half of all Americans have one or more of the top three risk factors for heart disease. These factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. One out of four deaths is caused by heart disease.
The situation is grim, but there is hope. People can take steps to improve their heart health, and employers can help.