Abstract 19028: Assessment of American Heart Association’s Ideal Cardiovascular Health Metrics Among Employees of Large Health Care Organization: the Baptist Health South Florida Employee Study
INTRODUCTION: Health care organizations and their employees are critical role models for healthy living for their communities. The American Heart Association (AHA) 2020 goals provide a national framework, which can be used as track success of employee wellness programs focued on improving the cardiovascular health. The current study aims to assess the baseline cardiovascular health among insured employees of Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF), a large not-for-profit health care organization.
METHODS: CVD health metrics were categorized into ideal, intermediate, or poor categories based on 7 CVD risk factors/health behaviors estimated among individuals participating in a voluntary annual health risk assessment (HRA) and wellness fair available to all employees.
RESULTS: The sample consists of 9996 employees who participated in 2013 annual HRA and wellness fair (mean age 43.1±12.1 years, 75% women). Screening participants on average met 4.25±1.14 ideal cardiovascular health metrics. The table describes the prevalence of ideal CVD metrics among the study participant across age and gender. Only 60 (0.6%) of participants met the AHA’s definition of ideal health in all metrics and 36% met 4 or more ideal health metric The prevalence of having “intermediate” cardiovascular health (at least 1 intermediate metric and no poor metrics) was also 29.4%. Majority (70%) had “poor” cardiovascular health (at least 1 poor health metric). Overall 3/4th participants reached ideal status for smoking, physical activity levels, and glycemic control, whereas the majority of participants had poor to intermediate BMI and health diet score.
CONCLUSIONS: Prevalence of ideal cardiovascular health is low among employees of a large health care organization. Future tracking of the CVD metrics will provide critical feedback on the impact of system wide wellness efforts as well identify proactive programs to assist in progress toward the AHA 2020 Impact Goal.
Author Disclosures: K. Nasir: None. E. Veledar: None. E. Aneni: None. S. Das: None. M. Rouseff: None. T. Tran: None. D. Parris: None. L. Holzwarth: None. H. Guzman: None. T. Feldman: None. M. Ozner: None. J. Fialkow: None. B. Fernandez: None. A. Agatston: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.