Can Discouraging Soft Drinks Encourage Happier Workers?

Can Discouraging Soft Drinks Encourage Happier Workers?

HR leaders actively promoting healthy lifestyles among workers may have a new challenge to face – convincing employees to consider giving up their daily soft drinks. When compared to health risks such as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle or inability to manage stress effectively, simply drinking colas and similar popular drinks regularly could sound harmless. However, mounting evidence shows regular consumption of both the sugar containing and diet varieties of these drinks are linked to significant health problems, raising the possibility that employees should be educated about this connection and encouraged to break the daily soft drink habit. For example, Harvard scientists published research in the journal Diabetes Care in 2010 involving over 300,000 participants that revealed drinking one to two sugar-containing soft drinks a day raised the risk of type 2 diabetes by 26%. They also found these drinks boosted the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome, which, according to …

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Hypertension: The Hidden Threat to Employees and Companies

Hypertension: The Hidden Threat To Employees And Companies

According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), about 76.4 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Although the condition, also known as hypertension, usually doesn’t produce any noticeable symptoms, it wreaks havoc within the body over time by increasing pressure inside of blood vessels. The American Heart Association (AHA) warns that hypertension stretches the vessels past their healthy limit, causing microscopic tears and scar tissue that can lead to blockages, blood clots and hardened arteries. That’s why untreated high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in this country. It can damage the kidneys and eyes, too. In an interview with USA Today, Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that hypertension leads to nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S. While the toll of hypertension-linked illness and death is enormous …

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Heart Disease: Are You At Risk?

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This Valentine’s Day, remember that February is also Heart Month. What better time to find out more about possible risk factors for heart disease? A risk factor is something about you that increases your chance of getting a disease or having a certain health condition. Some risk factors for heart disease you cannot change, but some you can. Changing the risk factors that you have control over may help you live a longer, healthier life. Risk Factors You Cannot Change Some of your heart disease risks that you cannot change are: Your age. Risk of heart disease increases with age. Your gender. Men have a higher risk of getting heart disease than women who are still menstruating. After menopause, the risk for women gets closer to the risk for men. Your genes or race. If your parents had heart disease, you are at higher risk. African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, …

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