New Blood Pressure Guidelines: Are you at risk?

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) along with the American Heart Association (AHA) have set new blood pressure guidelines for the first time since 2003. The key takeaway from the studied conducted to arrive at these new guidelines is that a focus should be placed on preventative measures and high blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes. The guidelines’ impact has the potential to increase hypertension awareness and encourage lifestyle modification. The new guidelines can be seen below:

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Employers looking for wellness initiatives to assess and prevent high blood pressure can look to do the following:

  • Encourage healthy eating habits consisting of fruits, veggies, nuts and fish, and regular exercise
  • Provide onsite wellness and biometric screenings to help employees gain a snapshot of their overall wellbeing. If any employees are assessed with high blood pressure, encourage them to visit their doctor to receive a more in-depth analysis and/or treatment
  • Distribute monthly newsletters offering strategies on how to begin and continue healthy habits
  • Create opportunities for physical activity
    • See who can take the most steps in a week
    • Promote a corporate run
    • Place signs by the elevators to take the stairs instead

Heart disease can lead to absences from work, poor performance, and severe illness. If you would like help with strategies to get your employees active and engaged, feel free to contact us!