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Simple ways to promote heart health in the office

Posted by Julio Iturriaga

February, as American Heart Health Month, is dedicated to the prevention of heart disease and other heart related complications. What can you do as an employer to help prevent these issues?

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Exercise challenges. Encourage employees to take walk breaks. On cold or rainy days, “deskercise” is a fun alternative made up of cardio exercises that can be done at desks. Whichever route your employees decide to take, it’s important for them to build stamina so they can identify signs of fatigue—a symptom of heart disease. If you find it hard to motivate employees to move, make it into a challenge and offer incentives like tickets to a local sporting event, or a Fitbit, to the winner.

Rest and relaxation. Stress also plays a large part in heart disease, so sleep and relaxation are important. While sleeping on the job isn’t practical, provide a relaxing environment whenever possible. Allow your employees to take short breaks or have areas specifically designed as quiet zones for employees to unwind. Maybe once a month, bring in a yoga instructor and have a guided yoga class.

Diet. The No. 1 cause of heart disease is poor diet. Overeating fatty foods can clog arteries, causing the heart to work harder in order to pump blood to the rest of the body. A healthy, balanced diet is the key to keeping your heart and the rest of your body in top shape. Healthier dining options in the company cafeteria, or healthier vending machine options are two ways to facilitate this change.

Posted by Julio Iturriaga

Julio Iturriaga is the manager of Sales and Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

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