Leading CEOs Join AHA in Drive to Improve Employee Health

The CEOs of more than 20 companies are joining forces with the American Heart Association (AHA) to encourage a host of health improvements for their employees, including weight loss and smoking cessation. The initiative will focus on improving employee compliance with seven health factors, dubbed Life’s Simple 7 by the AHA. The AHA also released survey results that provide a troubling snapshot for the health of the nation’s workforce, including increased risks for heart disease and stroke – the leading causes of death in the world. The Nielsen online survey of about 2,000 employees found that 74 percent of employees reported being in very good or good health. But actually 42 percent of those employees had been diagnosed with a chronic condition, including high cholesterol or high blood pressure. At the same time, the survey found that CEOs and other senior leadership have a significant impact when it comes to getting employees engaged in workplace health programs. That’s a promising finding, members of the Roundtable said, because the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country and prevention in the workplace can go a long way.