Abstract P004: Three Year Trends of Ideal Cardiovascular Health Metrics Among Employees of a Large Health Care Organization: The Baptist Health South Florida Employee Study
BACKGROUND: More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults has cardiovascular disease (CVD). The U.S. workforce makes up over 50% of the entire population, making the workplace the ideal setting for addressing the burden of CVD. This study used the American Heart Association’s (AHA) cardiovascular (CV) health metrics to assess the risk of CVD over 3 years among employees of Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF), a large nonprofit health care organization.
METHODS: Ideal CV health is defined by the AHA as meeting ideal status in 7 health metrics: diet, body mass index (BMI), physical activity, blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood glucose and smoking. The health metrics were calculated using data collected annually from voluntary wellness fairs and health risk assessments. Each metric was categorized as ideal, intermediate or poor according to AHA criteria.
RESULTS: Data were collected for a total of 6147 employees in 2011, 11112 in 2012 and 9996 in 2013. For each year, approximately 75% were women and mean age (SD) was 43 (12). Less than 1% of employees achieved ideal CV health in a given year during the study period. While less than 50% had ≥5 ideal health metrics across the years, an 11% increase was observed between 2011 and 2013. Among individual metrics, diet and body mass index had the lowest proportion of participants who reached ideal status during the 3 years.
CONCLUSIONS: Although less than half of participants met the ideal status for ≥5 metrics, a trend towards improvement was noticed and could be attributed to worksite wellness programs. Diet and BMI are areas that need more attention. Worksite wellness programs should address these two metrics among employees to improve cardiovascular health.
Author Disclosures: O. Ogunmoroti: None. A. Younus: None. M. Rouseff: None. E. Aneni: None. S. Das: None. D. Parris: None. L. Holzwarth: None. H. Guzman: None. T. Tran: None. O. Jamal: None. S. Ali: None. M. Aziz: None. R. Malik: None. R. Ahmad: None. C. Osondu: None. J. Post: None. A. Agatston: None. T. Feldman: None. M. Ozner: None. E. Veledar: None. K. Nasir: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.