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ESC announces new initiatives for workplace heart health programs
Date:9/24/2010

a variety of backgrounds, few of whom have any expertise in cardiovascular prevention," said Halle.

"We intend to convince companies that not only can their employee's health statuses be improved through lifestyle modifications, but that investment in improving health will ultimately reduce overall business costs," said Halle.

Prevention initiatives

Work place initiatives that could be introduced to improve cardiovascular health include:

  • Screening employees for cardiovascular risk, and offering educational programmes to encourage smoking cessation, sensible eating and regular physical activity.
  • Changes to the structural organisation of the working environment, including relocating facilities to make workers walk further, and getting people to walk to deliver messages versus emailing. Other innovations could include standing workstations, and treadmill walking at slow speeds while staff use computers or talk on the phone.
  • Introducing facilities to promote physical activities in break times, such as walking or jogging course in the grounds. Encouraging people to take stairs instead of the lift.
  • Teaching people skills for managing work related stress, and conflict. Encouraging people of all levels to take ownership in their work since studies have suggest that people who take pride in their work are less likely to suffer cardiovascular disease.
  • Training all employees in cardiopulmonary resuscitation with the provision of automated external defibrillators. The idea here is to improve the survival odds for people suffering cardiovascular events.
  • Provision of cafeterias and vending machines that provide heart healthy food with an emphasis on the reduction of salt and banning of trans fats. Changing the culture of offering coffee and biscuits at meetings to water and fruit.


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European Society of Cardiology
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