Workplace Wellness Insights: February is American Heart Month
Each month, we send out our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Association uses this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of heart disease and how to prevent it.
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of hospital stays for men in the U.S.? In addition, cardiovascular disease affects 1 in 3 women. While there are risk factors that you cannot control that contribute to heart disease, one thing that you can do to help maintain your heart health is to reduce your stress. When stress is excessive, it can contribute to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure. If high blood pressure goes untreated, it can result in heart disease.
Taking steps to reduce your stress will improve your overall health. Try these tips:
- Plan and prioritize your most important responsibilities.
- Listen to relaxing music to help you calm down.
- Take time off from work to clear your mind.
- Exercise regularly to get your blood and endorphins flowing.
If the stresses in your life become more than you can bear or manage with these simple techniques, consider seeking professional assistance. A knowledgeable professional will be able to work with you to devise time management skills and stress-reducing techniques.
Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. In February, our newsletter is based on American Heart Month. We also talk about:
- Keeping Your Heart Healthy Through Exercise
- Fast Facts About Your Heart
- 2 Heart-Healthy Indulgences You’re Sure to Be Excited About
- Gingery Quinoa with Green Beans
If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager. Also, check back with us next month for more workplace wellness insights.