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U.S. Prevention Medicine: Employers Can Help Workers Avoid Heart Attacks
Prevention Expert Offers Tips for Benefits/HR Managers
DALLAS, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers and their corporate humanresources departments can play an important role in preventing their workersfrom suffering crippling or fatal heart attacks, according to a leadingprevention expert at U.S. Preventive Medicine, the leader in diseaseprevention.
Dr. Boyd Lyles, corporate medical director at U.S. Preventive Medicine,says it's not uncommon for heart attacks to strike individuals who seemrelatively healthy or who feel good. "Unfortunately, people, by nature, do notseek out medical care when they don't feel bad. They don't want thepossibility of getting bad news or to be told that they should be doing thingsthat they don't want to do, such as eating differently, drinking less alcohol,not smoking, or exercising more regularly," says Dr. Lyles.
With employer health care costs continuing to rise at nearly double digitincreases, prevention and wellness programs in the workplace are beginning togain much more attention, noted Dr. Lyles.
"We are committed to helping employers make prevention their top prioritywhen it comes to the health of their employees and families," says Dr. Lyles."In a climate of increasing costs of living, including health insurance andco-pays for physician visits and medications, it is important to spend moneywisely. A little reading or study can prove very helpful in making informeddecisions about their health."
Dr. Lyles offers these suggestions for employers:
1) Provide a proactive, thorough, employee-friendly portal to preventivehealth care that eliminates the confusion about what and when to do to betruly preventive. This should include health risk assessments (HRAs),lifestyle/behavior education opportunities, as well as guidance for theappropriate medical testing. Health coaching, either by telephone or internetcan be very effective.
2) Install a "library" that is easily accessible that featurespublications by the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society,American Dietetic Association, and other recognized health authorities.
3) Provide health insurance options that emphasize preventive care. Thesecan include provisions for periodic physical exams and lab tests, mammograms,colon exams, and access to educational and support programs (smokingcessation, weight loss, exercise options, etc).
4) Sponsor health fairs, special health weeks and months (January forexercise, February for heart health, etc) when posters and special educationopportunities are provided (e.g., brown bag lunches with speakers).
5) Create an expectation of wellness among employees and reward them fortheir participation and health improvement. Not only should employers providethe various benefits, programs and onsite health promotional activities, theyshould create an environment in which employees are expected to participateand be proactive about improving their health.
"Without question, everyone, including employers, must focus moreattention on prevention, and not simply treating illnesses when they occur,"said Dr. Lyles. "Furthermore, the success of any prevention or healthawareness program requires that it start at the top. Corporate benefit andhuman resource managers should help ensure that their senior management isengaged and committed to the effort for it to be successful."
About U.S. Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine(R), a privately owned company, is building thefirst personalized medicine business in
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