Friday, February 6 is the 12th annual National Wear Red Day, started by the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
In order to promote women’s heart health and spread awareness of the disease that kills 1 in 3 women each year, these organizations encourage women and men across the United States to wear red.
If you want to promote women’s heart health at your workplace, here are 3 ways to do so.
Celebrate Heart Disease Awareness in the Workplace
Encourage Employees to Wear Red
This Friday, encourage all your employees — male and female — to dress in red in honor of women’s heart disease awareness.
This simple act can make a difference and spark conversations about heart disease, how to have better heart health, and more. It’s an easy initiative to implement. To spice things up, you could even hold a company-wide competition to see which department has the highest percentage of participation.
Host a Red Potluck
Another fun and easy way to promote heart health awareness at work? Have a red potluck, in which you encourage employees to bring in red foods that are also heart healthy.
Here are a few favorites of ours that would make great potluck foods:
- Red peppers and hummus: As a source of potassium, lycopene, soluble fiber, and antioxidants like vitamins A and C, red peppers are a great heart healthy option. Hummus is made of chickpeas and olive oil, both heart healthy foods.
- Turkey chili: Low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat, fat-free ground turkey is a heart healthy protein you can use in chili. Tomatoes are another heart healthy food, packed with vitamins C and A, fiber, potassium, lycopene, and other nutrients that help stop heart disease, cutting risk by a quarter! And the beans in chili are another heart healthy food due to their soluble fiber that prevents cholesterol absorption and platelet adhesion, which lowers stroke and heart attack risk.
- Red apples: Thanks to their cholesterol-busting antioxidants, apples lower risk of death from coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke!
Your employees will enjoy having some food provided for them, and you’ll like that they’re snacking on heart healthy alternatives.
Heart-Healthy Wellness Initiatives
To really take action on heart health, incorporate biometric screenings into your workplace wellness program. Test Smartly Labs can use simple blood tests to gauge your employees’ cholesterol levels and heart health. Knowing these numbers will help your employees evaluate their heart disease risk and make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments.