September is Cholesterol Education Month, which makes it a great time for HR managers and employers to focus on informing employees about the dangers of high cholesterol and how to manage cholesterol levels.
You might find it strange for your workplace to be concerned with cholesterol levels, but when you consider what health problems high cholesterol contributes to, it makes sense.
Today, we’re sharing why lowering your employees’ cholesterol should be a priority — and what you can do to achieve this goal.
It’s Time to Lower Your Employees’ Cholesterol
High cholesterol levels can lead to potentially fatal health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
Help your employees lower their health risks by introducing cholesterol management strategies.
Cholesterol Management in Workplace Wellness Programs
One way to lower cholesterol level among your employees is by hosting a fitness challenge. Exercise is a proven way to lower bad cholesterol. For your fitness challenge, you can split your employees into teams and do a group weigh-in. Then give incentives for meeting key milestones, like losing percentages of the group weight.
You can also encourage your employees to exercise by participating in sports leagues or by paying for their gym memberships.
Eating an unhealthy diet contributes to rising cholesterol levels. If you provide healthy options for your employees to eat, they’ll be more likely to make good dietary decisions. Swap out a basket of fruit for the vending machine. Make sure your cafeteria has healthy options. Cater a meeting once in a while, and make it a healthy choice. Increase your employees’ opportunities to eat well, and they should begin to.
Include Cholesterol Screenings
Adding cholesterol screenings to your workplace wellness program is another good way to help your employees manage their cholesterol levels. Since high cholesterol has no symptoms, the only way to know your levels and see how your cholesterol management is going is through testing.
Test Smartly Labs can help you develop a workplace wellness program that targets high cholesterol. We can also perform cholesterol screenings for your employees. To get started, contact your nearest Test Smartly Labs today!