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In our fast, busy lives, we often end up spending more time at our workplace than at home. Naturally, our lifestyle in the workplace has a lot of direct impact on our health. Heart, being a very important component of health, also gets affected by our lifestyle choices at our workplace. Let us see then, how we can make our workplace a little friendlier towards our heart. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Make your Workplace Heart Healthy


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Make your Workplace Heart Healthy
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  • In our fast, busy lives, we often end up spending
    more time at our workplace than at home.
    Naturally, our lifestyle in the workplace has a
    lot of direct impact on our health. Heart, being
    a very important component of health, also gets
    affected by our lifestyle choices at our
    workplace.
  • Let us see then, how we can make our workplace a
    little friendlier towards our heart.

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  • One thing that needs to be cleared at the onset-
    why is it important to have a heart healthy
    workplace? Employees are the resources of the
    company. Statistics show that poor diet, lack of
    exercise and other major risk factors for heart
    disease and stroke are responsible for at least
    25 percent of companies healthcare costs.
    Besides, a physically unfit employee cannot be an
    asset to the company. In order to be efficient at
    your work, you need to first be healthy. And
    heart health is extremely important to stay
    healthy overall.

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So what needs to be done?
  • Firstly, it is extremely important to eat healthy
    at your workplace. While at work, we eat out more
    often. We gorge on unhealthy munchies. We get
    stressed and binge on calories. Now none of this
    is actually helping you in the long run. Eating
    out for more than half a day, every day,
    basically sums down to eating three meals that
    are not home cooked. You do not know what oil and
    how much oil these foods are being cooked in and
    how hygienic they are. You do not know whether
    the ingredients are fresh or not. You also do not
    know how much sugar and salt goes into these
    foods. Under these circumstances, it is not
    advisable to eat out so much. Firstly, you need
    to start eating more of home cooked food. Don't
    go into elaborate meal making- a few simple
    cucumber sandwiches will do. But make it a point
    to get food from home. Plan ahead, shop ahead,
    recycle last night's dinner- but get your own
    lunch.

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  • If your office has a canteen that provides food,
    talk to the people responsible for the canteen
    and urge them to make healthier food. Also, try
    snacking healthy. Carry high protein healthy
    snacks with you. Home-made oats bar, fruits,
    mixed seeds and nuts are all excellent snacking
    options.

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  • Secondly, being inactive is one of the worst
    things that you can do to your health. Most desk
    jobs require you to sit for eight hours a day.
    Now that is a health blunder. An extra hour of
    standing burns 600kj. And you burn twice as many
    calories when you are standing as compared to
    when you are sitting. So get moving. Do not sit
    for a stretch of more than 20 minutes. Stand up,
    loosen your legs, walk around the office a bit-
    it will not take more than two to three minutes.

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  • Thirdly, over consumption of caffeine, alcohol
    and cigarettes as means to combat stress,
    sleeplessness, anxiety etc. is killing you
    slowly. We don't need to go into details here as
    to how harmful these things are for your heart,
    and your overall health. Stress at work is
    common. Try dealing with it in healthier ways.
    For example, if you are too stressed about work,
    just take a break, go out, take a walk. You will
    definitely feel better. Also meditation is
    extremely helpful in dealing with stress and
    anxiety. Practice meditation for fifteen minutes
    every day, and you will definitely see the
    difference.

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Employer's Role
  • As an employer, CEO, owner of a company, it is
    your duty to take care of your employees. Because
    unhealthy employees are your loss. You can do the
    following to ensure good heart health of your
    employees.
  • Policy Bring into action heart healthy policies
    like a no smoking policy or an annual health
    checkup policy in the workplace.
  • Activities Take initiatives to encourage more
    physical activities among its employees. Organise
    a sports day once a month, or amarathon-
    anything that would ensure fitness of your
    employees.

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  • Facilities Supply kitchen facilities in the
    office. You don't need to have a fully functional
    kitchen- invest in a microwave oven and
    refrigerator so that your employees can eat
    fresh/ warm food always.
  • Educate Organise talks by medical professionals
    to educate your employees about various health
    issues.

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  • Help each other strive towards a heart healthy
    life at the workplace. A healthy employee is the
    biggest asset of a company.
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