CDC Foundation offers employer resources for worker heart health
Atlanta – Preventing heart disease and improving health and productivity in the workplace is the goal of Business Pulse: Heart Health, released April 29 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation.
Resources for employers include a health promotion kit and a worksite health scorecard, as well as information on smoking cessation and screening and managing blood pressure. Additionally, an infographic shares facts, links and other resources about heart health.
The effort is part of the foundation’s Million Hearts initiative, which aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
Heart disease and stroke are among the most common and expensive worker health issues employers face, the foundation notes. Every year, almost 800,000 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases, and 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur, resulting in more than $320 billion in health care costs and lost productivity.