Heart disease is the number one killer in America and hypertension is one of the biggest predictors heart disease, so clearly something must be done about this. As an employer you are on the front lines and your employee wellness program could be a huge contributing factor towards a healthier America, and a more productive workplace for everyone.
Employee Wellness Is Key To A Productive Workplace
A healthy employee is a productive employee. You know that even if an employee is well enough to show up at work, there are days when they just don't get as much done because they feel under the weather. This phenomenon is often termed "presenteeism", because an employee is present at work but is mentally clocked out because of sickness.
Presenteeism can even be considered a communicable disease, because sick employees coming into work lead to more sick employees who also come into work because they're afraid they will be punished if they don't, which can lead to a disastrous level of productivity loss. Employee wellness programs are key to combating this productivity killing phenomenon.
Empower Your Employees With These Healthy Heart Facts
Every good wellness program begins with attempting to change behavior. Many, if not most, of the causes of hypertension are due to behavioral or environmental factors like poor diet, smoking, stress, and lack of exercise. As an employer you can help correct many of these bad habits by sharing with your employees tips for living a healthy lifestyle such as:
1. Reduce Sodium Intake
If you already have hypertension you should keep your sodium intake well below the recommended amount of 2400mg a day.
2. Exercise For 30 Minutes A Day
Even just 30 minutes a day of exercise has been shown to lower blood pressure by a considerable amount and it can reduce stress too which will lead to even more health benefits.
3. Reduce Stress Levels
Stress is a huge contributor to hypertension. Fortunately there are several ways you can reduce stress including exercise, meditation, and limiting your caffeine intake.
4. Keep Your Weight At A Healthy Level
In most cases as your weight increases, so does your blood pressure. For overweight individuals with hypertension losing weight can often be enough to bring blood pressure down to healthy levels.
5. Place Limits On Alcohol
While drinking in moderation can actually have a positive impact on your health, drinking more than one or two drinks a day can increase your blood pressure by a noticeable amount.
With just these 5 simple guidelines you have already put your employee on the path to a healthier heart and a happier life. For more check out these 9 things healthy people do every day.
At Summerlin-Roberts we know how important it is to create a healthy workplace and we want to help you make that a reality. Please contact us today for more information on encouraging healthy behaviors with your employee wellness program.