Love Your Heart Month
We all want to lower our risk for heart disease and stroke. February can be a tough month to stay healthy when warm, sunny weather seems so far away. Stay on track with your resolutions by taking advantage of the healthy opportunities at your workplace.
The Healthy Worksites Initiative is promoting the "Love Your Heart" campaign to coincide with the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" campaign. Need a change of pace at work? Here are some ideas for shaking the February blues and having a healthy heart at your worksite:
Support a Healthy Workplace
- Encourage your wellness coordinator, management team and wellness committee to develop a flextime guideline that encourages employees to participate in health screenings that are available to them.
- Encourage your wellness committee or wellness coordinator to develop a written guideline that encourages employees to share more fruits and vegetables with others. A written guideline can be started through employees as opposed to upper management and doesn’t have to be a requirement but instead can be a recommendation or encouragement.
Support the “Go Red for Women” Campaign
- Encourage your cafeteria to promote healthy recipes during the “Go Red” campaign.
- Look for information, from your wellness coordinator or wellness committee, on how your worksite is promoting the Go Red campaign and participate.
Support Your Co-Workers
- Enjoy more fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet including fruits and veggies is recommended to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Create a healthy culture in your workplace by bringing in fresh fruits or veggies to share in your break room instead of candy, cookies, donuts and other baked goods. Make a “Red Recipe” with fruits and vegetables to share with your co-workers.
- Be a role model to your co-workers by getting more physical activity to help achieve and maintain a healthy heart. Keep Your Numbers In Check.
- If you smoke, consider calling the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to create a healthier environment for your co-workers.
American Heart Association