Honor National Heart Awareness Month this February by Walking for the Cause.
We here at Walkingspree are constantly striving to find ways to make your workplace a healthier and happier environment, for both yourself and your employees. Not only do we do our best to increase the production and the motivation of the people that you work with, but we also work closely with your company to develop a employer-sponsored wellness program that will improve the health of your target clientele and achieve the health care cost control that you want.
However, we also know that, when it comes to the overall wellness of your employees, there are certain things that mean more than saving dollars and cents. For instance, keeping your employees healthy and happy throughout their time with your company. That is why during the month of February, in honor of National Heart Awareness Month, we are doing our best to spread the world of this dangerous disease and shed some light on just how beneficial our wellness programs can be towards keeping your staff free at risk from this life-threatening disease.
Heart attacks are still the leading cause of premature deaths in North America, with an estimated 785,000 American coronary attacks in 2010 alone. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.
However, despite these startling statistics, the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be significantly reduced simply by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. It is for this reason that we are encouraging employers to implement workplace wellness programs to improve the health and wellness of their staff, as well as to put this topic on the radar screens of your employees during National Heart Awareness Month.
About Heart Disease
As mentioned above, heart attacks are the leading cause of premature deaths in America and, although it is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. In fact, among women, it is an even higher risk with 8.6 million American women currently living with heart disease. Heart disease kills more women over 65 than all cancers combined, and women are 4 to 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer.
For both men and women, the biggest factors that contribute to heart disease are smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history and age. However, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and secondhand smoke are also risk factors.
Decrease Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease
One of the best ways to decrease your risk of developing heart disease is regular physical activity. Walking not only helps to improve the efficiency of the heart muscle and helps blood to flow faster and freer around the body, but a strong, healthy heart also means no heart attacks. Studies have also shown that walking briskly will reduce coronary heart disease risk in women by 30 to 40%. Becoming more active can also lower your blood pressure by as much as four to nine points.
Women aged 40-65 who walk at least 3 hours a week have a 40% lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus, even those who walk at a slower pace have a 32% lower risk of heart disease compared with those who don’t walk at all.
To learn more about the dangers and symptoms of heart disease, be sure to visit CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Also, be sure to contact Walkingspree today to find out more about how our award-winning wellness programs can help improve the health and wellness of your employees and your business for many years to come.