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TVH is honored as a platinum fit-friendly worksite

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Poor diet, lack of exercise and other major risk factors for heart disease and stroke are responsible for at least 25 percent of companies’ healthcare costs. Is it any wonder that investing in the health of employees is one of the best decisions a company can make?
By creating a wellness environment, companies can help lower healthcare costs and protect their most important resource — their employees. In fact, research shows that for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, companies can receive up to $3 in return.

In January 2016, the American Heart Association recognized TVH as a Platinum Fit-Friendly Workplace and was chosen to receive the Worksite Innovation Award. Awareness, education and opportunity are three action areas TVH embraces with the Nudge Wellness Program. “With heart month awareness, employees participate in one of our three annual blood drives and next month we will offer CPR classes in which family members may also take part in. The focus is on engagement of a pro-active lifestyle and preventing heart disease” say Lucy DelSarto, TVH Health and Wellness Coach.

More than one in three adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. The good news is 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented. By embracing a few healthy lifestyle habits, you can significantly lower your risk of heart disease and improve your health. Protect yourself from heart disease, the nation’s number one killer, by following these helpful tips:

Get Active: Start small by incorporating physical activity into your daily routine more and more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the farthest end of the parking lot or use your lunch break to take a quick walk.

Control Cholesterol: We all have cholesterol, a waxy substance in the bloodstream and in the cells of our body. But despite its reputation, cholesterol isn’t all bad. In fact, it plays an important role in keeping us healthy. But a balance must be struck to prevent too much cholesterol in the blood. There are two types: the “good” kind (HDL) and the “bad” kind (LDL). High levels of bad cholesterol can clog your arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. This is where good cholesterol comes into play: HDL cleans out that bad cholesterol from the arteries.

Eat Better: Eating the right foods can help you control your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It’s important to choose fruits and vegetables over empty-calorie foods.

Manage Blood Pressure: One in three Americans has high blood pressure — yet one out of every five doesn’t even know they have it. High blood pressure, “the silent killer,” has no symptoms.

Lose Weight: Extra weight can do serious damage to your heart. Too much fat, especially around the belly, increases your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. So give your heart a break by dropping the extra pounds — and keeping them off. Every little bit helps.

Reduce Blood Sugar: Diabetes can quadruple your risk of heart disease or stroke, so keeping blood sugar levels under control is crucial to preventing medical problems involving the heart and kidneys.

Stop Smoking: It’s time to kick the habit. Going smoke-free can help prevent not only heart disease and stroke, but also cancer and chronic lung disease. The payoff is almost immediate.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs or health and wellness at your workplace contact Lucy DelSarto at lucy.delsarto@tvh.com.

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