GUEST COLUMN: Worksite Wellness For Promoting Cardiovascular Health & Fitness

AUTHORS: ABRAHAM SAMUEL BABU, ROSS ARENA, SUNDAR KUMAR VELUSWAMY & ARUN G MAIYA

In the current global economy, job market and expanding industrial automation, there is greater pressure for persons to work longer hours,oftentimes with longer periods of sedentary behavior (SB).Moreover, the current economic landscape, job market and increased productivity expectations create a higher potential for employees to perceive increased psychological stress associated with work life.Increased SB and/or the work stresscontribute to a higher risk of various chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Therefore, it is essential forhealth prevention programs to focus on a given Nation’s working sector, in an attempt to curtail deleterious health trends being observed on a population level.

The World Health Organization estimates CVD to be the largest cause of death and disability in India, accounting for 24% of all deaths in this country.1Indians have one of the highest rates of CVD and account for more than 60% of worlds’ population with CVD.2The growing number of young adults with hypertension (159 per 1000) in a recent paper shows the alarming rate at which the younger, working individuals are at an increasing risk for future CVD.3

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