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There are steps a business can take to help employees reduce their risk for high blood pressure and keep it under control.

They include support for treatment and medical intervention, as well as workplace policies. To help your workers avoid the negative impact of high blood pressure:

  1. Remove financial barriers for medication. Offer a health plan that reduces or eliminates out-of-pocket costs for medications that help control high blood pressure. Also, select a plan that covers medication that’s available in a format that encourages people to take it as directed, such as once a day.
  2. Make monitoring easy. Provide home blood pressure monitors and training to employees with high blood pressure. Give them access to support from health care professionals when they have questions or concerns about the readings.
  3. Encourage physical activity. Make workplace stairways attractive, create walking trails, and display signage encouraging activity. Provide an onsite exercise facility and group activity programs or offer a discount at offsite ones. In addition, provide access to virtual fitness classes for remote employees.
  4. Support good eating habits. Offer healthy food and drink options in the cafeteria and vending machines. Promote healthy choices and offer a price incentive. Provide virtual programs that offer nutritional education.
  5. Have a no smoking or vaping policy. Going smokefree allows workers to avoid the negative impact of secondhand smoke. It also supports those who are giving up smoking and vaping, and provides those who smoke with an incentive to quit. For those looking to quit, provide access to free resources and support that helps them give up the habit.
  6. Implement a flexible work policy. Giving workers some control over their work schedule gives them more opportunities for physical activity. It can also ease stress, which can contribute to high blood pressure. In addition, a flexible schedule makes it convenient for employees to schedule medical appointments or blood pressure check-ups during the day.
  7. Support good health in your community. Take part in community initiatives that promote a healthy lifestyle. Promote safe biking and walking trails as well as programs that make fresh fruits and vegetables affordable and accessible.

Key to remember: Heart disease and stroke are responsible for medical expenses, lost work days, and reduced productivity. Using workplace policies to support heart health is good for employees and a company’s bottom line.