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Leading with Heart?

With Valentines Day and American Heart Month top of mind, it’s a good time to think about what this can mean to you and your employees. The CDC Foundation has a “Live to the Beat” campaign, seeking to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among black adults, ages 35 to 54. According to the CDC, one person dies every 34 seconds in the US from this and it accounted for 1 in every 5 deaths in 2020. Lifestyle choices can put people at higher risk for the disease.

What does this have to do with employment?

Employees are looking for meaning and fulfillment in their jobs. Showing you care for your staff, and truly meaning it, can go a long way in helping with that. Providing health information and teaching CPR/First Aid are wonderful ways of providing potentially lifesaving information to your staff. Renewed awareness brought about by Damar Hamlin’s health experience can serve as the impetus to inspire your staff to learn and make healthy changes.

Encouraging each other and our employees to do what we can to live healthier lives is an easy way to show concern. In addition, the CDC notes that missed workdays related to cardiovascular disease costs about $147 billion each year! So providing education and training can save lives and money and it’s simply the right thing to do!

There are lots of free resources available to employers to encourage reduction in risk for heart disease, available through the Center for Disease Control, with their Workplace Health Resource Center, the American Heart Association, and others. Doing what we can to improve lives is something we can all be excited about.

Who doesn’t want their employees to feel good and be able to work productively? Make sure you’re doing what you can to help with that.

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