The goal of any workplace wellness program is to improve the health of employees, which in turn cuts costs and leads to more productivity.
According to the American Heart Association, though, many workplace wellness programs are failing to improve one key part of employees’ wellness: heart health.
Here’s what HR managers and workplace wellness leaders should know about their findings.
Are Workplace Wellness Programs Improving Heart Health?
According to Dr. Gregg Fonarow, professor of cardiology at University of California Los Angeles, many workplace wellness programs aren’t doing enough to address heart health.
Another troublesome revelation? Many companies don’t have effective methods for evaluating the success of their workplace wellness programs, including how the programs impact heart health. Many programs are more process-based than outcome-focused.
Heart disease and stroke are the #1 cause of death in the US — so any workplace wellness program should address heart health.
Heart Health Criteria
To help employers better evaluate how their workplace wellness programs address heart health, the American Heart Association has established its own criteria based on scientific evidence. Their criteria measures actions that are proven to reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular concerns, such as quitting smoking or exercising more.
How Employers Can Help With Heart Health
As an employer, you can improve your workplace wellness program by making heart health more of a priority. First, identify opportunities for lunch and learns or other educational programs to help your employees grasp the importance of cardiovascular health.
Next, consider adding clinical testing or biometric screening to your workplace wellness program. Regular cholesterol checks, blood glucose testing, and more can reveal so much about your employees’ health. Adding this voluntary component can not only lead to lower health costs, but more importantly, better health.
Test Smartly Labs can serve as your workplace wellness partner. Not only can we incorporate heart health into your workplace wellness program through educational initiatives, we can also conduct heart health lab testing.
Help your employees’ hearts today — find your nearest Test Smartly Labs today.