Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about this prevalent disease. There’s no better time to educate your employees on the signs and symptoms of heart disease and teach them about how to lower their risk. The good news is that many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle changes! Factors that can lower risk or improve heart disease include:
- Heart healthy eating
- Regular physical activity
- Smoking cessation
- Stress reduction
Use Heart Awareness Month as an opportunity to educate your employees on the signs and symptoms of heart disease as well as lifestyle strategies that they can easily implement to prevent or improve the condition. Here’s some easy ideas to get you started:
- Send a daily or weekly email to employees to the promote adoption of heart healthy habits. Suggest easy to implement lifestyle changes such as incorporating a 10min walk during a work break or making the commitment to add an extra fruit or vegetable serving with every meal to increase cholesterol fighting fiber into their diets!
- Ask employees to bring a heart healthy recipe featuring a fruit, vegetable or whole grain dish every Friday of this month. Employees will have fun sampling each other’s dishes and sharing recipes which will make them more likely to try making the heart healthy recipe at home for their families.
- If you are a hospital based employer seek the help of your physical therapy and nutrition departments to create educational handouts and posters to display throughout the worksite with heart healthy tips. Elicit support from your exercise or physical therapy department to put on an employee walking challenge for the month of February.
- If you have a work-site cafeteria, showcase a heart healthy entree each day and display the nutritional value where employees can see it. Consider offering a discount when employees select the heart healthy option from the menu. Here are some yummy heart healthy recipe ideas to get your started: