In February, hearts seem to be everywhere – not just in the aisles of Valentine’s Day decorations, but also within our daily lives. While the romantic theme of Valentine’s Day captures our attention, there’s a deeper, more profound significance to this time of year. February is Heart Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about what can be done to prioritize and improve our cardiovascular health.
Heart Health Matters
In Canada, heart disease impacts about 2.4 million adults and is the second leading cause of death. Research also indicates the risks are higher for men, particularly those over the age of 45. Several risk factors contribute to heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, lack of regular exercise, diabetes, a poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, age, and family history.
Beyond lifestyle choices, understanding biological and other risk factors is important, and so is investing in research to advance our understanding of heart conditions, which can lead to the development of innovative treatments and prevention techniques – even in the workplace.
Given the significant amount of time we spend at work, it’s important to recognize the impact our daily surroundings and work conditions have on our heart health. Whether it’s the sedentary nature of a desk job or the stressors that come with tight deadlines, workplace dynamics can impact our cardiovascular health. By acknowledging these factors, employers can take steps toward creating healthier environments.
Workspaces that encourage physical activity, provide stress-relief initiatives, and offer resources for heart-healthy choices can lead to healthier and more engaged employees. By integrating heart health awareness into the workplace, employers not only invest in the long-term health of their workforce but also create a supportive and thriving work environment that benefits both employees and the organization as a whole.
Creating Heart-Healthy Workplaces
Here are a few ways employers can help improve heart health among employees:
A Heart-Healthy Future
Heart Month helps raise awareness of the fact that our cardiovascular health is both a personal and collective responsibility. A healthier heart means a healthier workforce, and employers can enhance group benefits offerings to commit and contribute to a thriving and resilient organization. Contact us so we can work together to create strategies that work best for you and your team.