February is Heart Month, when we focus national attention on cardiovascular health. And that got us to thinking about healthy hearts and the workplace.
We spend a lot of our lives on the job. A 2013-2014 Gallop poll revealed that “adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours.”
With that much time on the clock, we also increase our chances of injury or illness in the workplace. That includes falling victim to, or witnessing, a cardiac emergency. It also means we have a little less time each day to exercise and take care of ourselves the way we know we should.
For Heart Month 2015, HSI wants to help. Our instructors and safety professionals know we’ve got their backs; now we want to get your heart, too.
Throughout Heart Month, we’ll be blogging about cardiovascular health, sudden cardiac arrest, responding in the workplace to heart-related emergencies, and more. Plus, be sure to watch your email for special offers and giveaways for products and services that help you make protecting and saving lives easy on the job or anywhere you go.
Let’s make 2015 the year we make heart health in the workplace a priority.