Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Keep Educating Your Employees about Healthy Heart Month

February is "Go Red" all month. It is a great idea to continue educating your employees about healthy hearts. Another seminar idea is "Understanding the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease". Many employees are clueless about their own personal risk factors. A place to begin:
Have a lunch and learn to review conditions or behaviors that increase employees chances of getting a certain disease. Here are some points to discuss:
  • The risk factors for coronary heart disease which can be treated or controlled
  • The more risk factors, the greater your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
  • The higher your level of each risk factor, the greater your risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Review risk factors:

  • Men 45 years or older
  • Women 60 years or older
  • Family history of heart disease

Review Controllable Risk Factors

  • Blood Pressure
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Activity Level
  • Diabetes Control
  • Stress!!!!!!

Use a black board, start an open discussion and create ideas on how to reasonably address each one of these issues http://www.americanheart.org, then reward the group with delicious smoothies or fruit salad. Enjoy!

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