Workplace Wellness Programs Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

10.02.09 | FL News Team

Companies with workplace wellness programs can help their employees prevent risk factors for heart disease like obesity and high blood pressure. Preventive medicine expert Mercedes Carnethon says starting such a program at work can be as simple as getting people walking. As an affiliate of the American Heart Association, Carnethon says up to 30-percent of a company's annual medical costs can go toward employees with heart problems. But workplace wellness programs that encourage physical activity and better nutrition can help lower those costs while improving employee productivity. Carnethon says companies can save up to 15-dollars for every dollar spent on wellness within about a year of implementing such a program. For more information go online to