Heart health support from Ford Health
In a country where 3.4 million people are affected by cardiovascular disease, having a healthy heart is an important goal.
Lifestyle choices, genetics and environmental factors can all have an impact on the health of your heart.
Obesity and type 2 diabetes can also increase the risk of developing heart conditions.
This is one of the reasons why diet, exercise and trying to minimise stress levels are so important to your overall health.
But it can be hard to stay on top of these issues when you are juggling a busy work schedule and family commitments.
Heart health for busy workers
In 2009, CVD related illnesses accounted for approximately 33 per cent of all deaths.During the same year heart disease claimed the lives of more than 22,500 Australians - the equivalent of one person every 23 minutes.
These are startling statistics, but they give an insight into just how widespread this disease is.
In addition to the human toll of CVD, experts are also concerned about the cost this illness is having on the public purse - with some saying that it is one of the biggest drains on the economy in the last few decades.
Workplaces also suffer if their employees are struck by serious illness resulting in lost productivity while also affecting your company's bottom line.
With this in mind, it seems logical to take steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff members.
Healthy Hearts Assessments from Ford Health
There are simple steps individuals and employers can take in order to reduce the risk of developing CVD.
The Ford Health Healthy Hearts Assessment is used in a number of workplaces to determine the CVD risk of employees.
Individuals who participate in the program complete a number of tests that help assess medical and lifestyle factors that may increase the risk of developing this disease in the next five years.
The 15 minute assessment is conducted at your place of work, ensuring maximum privacy and all results are confidential.
It includes a blood pressure test, waist measurements, height and weight recordings, as well as a finger-prick cholesterol and glucose screening. Individuals receive a record of their results and an overall risk of CVD in the next five years.
If you have an enquiry or would like more information, please call us on 1300 660 986.