From Biometric Screenings to Heart Age: The Future of Workplace Wellness
As companies become more invested in promoting employee wellness, accurate health screenings have become increasingly crucial. While traditional biometric screenings have long been the norm, they often fall short in providing a complete picture of overall health. This can leave employees and employers with limited insight into potential health risks. Fortunately, there's a new tool that's revolutionizing workplace wellness: Heart Age.
What is Heart Age?
It's an innovative approach to wellness screenings that takes into account a range of factors, including age, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL, and lifestyle habits. By factoring in all of these elements, Heart Age provides a real-time analysis of an employee's risk for heart disease and other conditions. This comprehensive approach is in stark contrast to traditional screenings, which tend to offer a compartmentalized risk assessment.
The Heart Age tool is backed by evidence-based research, specifically the Framingham Heart Study. The study has been ongoing since 1948 and is one of the largest and most well-known epidemiological studies on cardiovascular disease. Our Heart Age tool uses the same validated algorithm used in the Framingham study to calculate a person's heart age based on their individual risk factors. This personalized approach allows us to provide participants with more accurate assessments of their heart disease risk, which can motivate behavior change and lead to better health outcomes.
US adults have hearts 7 years older than they should be.
Heart age is a convenient way to assess an individual's risk of having a heart attack or stroke, despite there being other approaches to risk assessment. The goal is to achieve a heart age that is equal to or younger than one's chronological age. Utilizing data collected from the Framingham Heart Study and every US state, the CDC has projected that approximately 69 million US adults who have not experienced a heart attack or stroke possess a heart age that is five or more years greater than their actual age. This is equivalent to the population of the 130 largest cities in the United States combined. Shockingly, one in two men and two in five women have a heart age that is five or more years greater than their chronological age, with the average heart age being seven years older than their actual age.
One of the key benefits of the Heart Age tool is its ability to provide personalized recommendations based on an employee's specific health results. This integration with AI technology allows for truly customized recommendations that take into account each employee's unique health profile. This personalized approach can be highly effective in helping employees identify areas where they can improve their health, and it can help employers develop targeted wellness programs that are tailored to the needs of their workforce.
What's more, the Heart Age tool is incredibly easy to use and doesn't require any major changes to the traditional screening process. The entire process takes under 10 minutes as part of the wellness screening. This streamlined approach can increase employee participation in wellness programs, which can lead to better overall health outcomes.
Take the first step towards a healthier workforce. Schedule your Heart Age workplace wellness screening today!