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 Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at