Diabetes can increase your employees' risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. A workplace wellness program that incorporates diabetes prevention and management can help employees tackle Cardio Vascular Disease risk factors. These factors include the following:
High Blood Glucose
Offer awareness and screening activities such as the American Diabetes Alert in March. Follow up with education sessions, support groups, and workplace policies that support healthy lifestyles and management of high blood glucose levels. Provide a referral to diabetes education programs and healthcare providers as needed. High blood glucose leads to the complications of diabetes including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and neuropathy.
People who have prediabetes (glucose values above normal but lower than the level for diabetes) have an increased risk for heart disease and stroke and a substantially greater risk of developing diabetes later. Refer them to their healthcare provider for further evaluation. Learn more about prediabetes from the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Include information about weight loss benefits and strategies and offer an on-site weight loss program such as CDC's Lean Works.
High Blood Pressure
Offer screening for high blood pressure and education classes on high blood pressure and stress management. The CDC's Million Hearts Campaign has resources to help you.