February is Heart Health Month. Although the statistics surrounding heart disease can be scary—it’s the leading cause of death for both women and men in the U.S.—there is good news: it’s also very preventable. Here are eight tips for promoting awareness and reducing risk while at the office.
February 3rd is Wear Red Day, but sporting red anytime during the month is a great way to support the cause and spread awareness. Take a peek at our “Seeing Red” Pinterest board for inspiration.
Learn Lifesaving CPR
Arrange for the American Red Cross to come to your office for on-site first aid training. Also, keep an Emergency CPR Mega-Mags™ Magnet in common areas, like break rooms, so people can have easy access to this life-saving guide.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Excess belly fat can contribute to high blood pressure and unhealthy blood lipid levels. Help combat excess pounds by forming a weight loss group with your colleagues or organizing a wellness-focused lunch-and-learn series.
Encourage Healthy Eating
Foods high in soluble fiber—like beans, oats, barley, apples, pears, and avocados—are a tasty way to help lower bad cholesterol levels. Studies show that keeping a food diary can help people make more mindful decisions. Give your employees a handy journal for easy tracking.
Little changes can have a big impact on your daily activity levels. Opt for the stairs over elevator rides, try out a standing desk, hit the gym during your lunch break, or hold walking meetings when the weather is nice.
Brush Your Teeth
Strange as it sounds, keeping those pearly whites polished might aid in the fight against heart disease. Recent research suggests gum disease can also raise your risk of heart disease. Customized toothbrush timers encourage good dental hygiene.
Squeeze away the stress with these heart-shaped stress balls that reinforce the heart health message. Try meditative hobbies like knitting or even adult coloring books to help you unwind.
Studies show laughing actually has the ability to lower stress hormones, decrease inflammation in the arteries, and raise good cholesterol levels, proving that laughter really is the best medicine.