American Heart Association Supports Worksite Wellness

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jan 26, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Effective worksite wellness programs can reduce the risk of heart disease and decrease the physical and economic burdens of chronic diseases, according to a policy statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published in Circulation (2009; 120, 1725–41). Companies can save anywhere from $3 to $15 for every $1 spent on health and wellness within 12–18 months of implementing a worksite wellness program. Programs can increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover rates and decrease healthcare costs.

Keys to a successful worksite wellness program include the following:

  • tobacco cessation and prevention

  • regular physical activity

  • stress management/reduction

  • early detection/screening

  • nutrition education and promotion

  • weight management

To read the AHA’s policy statement on worksite wellness programs for cardiovascular disease prevention, go to

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in L...