Take care of your heart, and your heart will take care of you.
That’s advice any corporate wellness advisor can get behind. After all, heart health is a key factor in overall health, and a strongly pumping heart keeps your employees in prime physical and mental condition.
With heart disease ranked as the number one killer of men and women in America, promoting heart health should be at the top of your priority list when it comes to educating your staff on how to preserve good health or improve bad health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.”
Heart health factors in everything from reducing stroke and heart attack risk to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Conveniently, the best defense against heart problems is something that also tackles obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other health issues that negatively impact your workers: diet and exercise.
Keeping this vital muscle in tip-top shape may be easier than you think, too: A study published recently in Circulation: Heart Failure cites four simple steps to a healthy heart.
And we do mean simple: Don’t smoke, lose weight, exercise regularly, and eat vegetables.
In the study, people who adopted these lifestyle habits reduced their risk of heart failure by 81% in women in 69% in men, according to WebMD.
More specifically, the CDC recommends the following:
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