New blood pressure guidelines were released by the American Heart Association this November. The release means millions more Americans will need to lower their blood pressure. The number of Americans in the high blood pressure category will rise from 72 million to 103 million.
These new guidelines are designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are two leading causes of death around the world.
So what can you, as an employer, do to help employees with these new guidelines?
1. Empower healthy lifestyle changes. Healthy lifestyle modifications remain a powerful choice for reducing blood pressure. Help employees understand the importance of diet and exercise modifications by encouraging healthy actions through your wellness program.
We recommend using wearables to achieve this step. Not only does it add a fun element to your program, it can truly change behavior.
2. Inform & educate employees. Provide educational materials on the new guideline definitions in the form of emails, PDFs and videos.
3. Help employees know their numbers. Make sure employees know if they are at risk by encouraging annual physicals, and providing an onsite blood pressure monitor employees can use.
Overall, the new guidelines are a way to encourage more people to take a step in the right direction, which can help them live longer, healthier, happier lives. Do your part by educating and motivating employees today.
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