In America today, nearly one in three adults has high blood pressure, with fewer than half having the disease under control. If you’re an employer wondering why you should care, consider these facts:
- High blood pressure is one of the 10 most expensive conditions impacting U.S. employers.
- People with high blood pressure miss up to 4 more work days than those without a chronic condition.
- More than 35 million physician office visits are attributed to high blood pressure each year, with some of these visits requiring time away from work.
To have a positive impact on the overall health of your workforce and lower costs associated with high blood pressure, consider the following steps…
Education – 20% of Americans don’t realize they have high blood pressure, so raise awareness by providing screenings. National High Blood Pressure Month, in May of 2016, may be the perfect time.
Healthy Eating – Support healthier eating by offering low-sodium snacks in office vending machines.
Get People Moving – If possible, encourage those participating in small group meetings to walk and talk rather than sitting. If standing or treadmill desks are feasible in your workplace, consider adding a few and see how things go.
There are many ways to address hypertension in your business. Regardless of how your company chooses to proceed, people will benefit and so will your bottom line.