Abstract 13189: CV-Ecosystem Model: Workplace Wellness With Individualized Medicine
Introduction: At-work stress is rapidly becoming a significant contributory cause of occupational disease, while sedentary work and dietary indiscretion, taken together, have contributed to cardiovascular disease, known to be associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. The aim of the CV-Ecosystem Model is to provide an individual approach by systematic environmental modification of the work site.
Methods and Results: Our model which we term the CV-Ecosystem Model includes two basic tenets: 1) Workstation technologic design 2) Flexible physiologic activity.
Workstation technologic design utilizes the services of a certified Ergonomist to engineer a comfortable, safe, and effective work environment. It is tailored to the unique physiologic needs of the worker while enhancing productivity within different environments. Computer aided design software would evaluate ergonomics to maximally mitigate the risk and incidence of eye strain, musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive movement disorders such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, etc unique to that work activity.
Flexible physiologic activity would permit a worker to actively focus on basic needs during work time, on site; this would include exercise activity and food intake, channeled into healthy options. Exercise time would provide a sense of calm during stressful projects and enhance emotional well-being. In this regard, a three hour period of time, weekly, could be allocated to fitness or meditation. Conveniently located food stations could provide a variety of healthy, plant-based, fresh food options. Both would come with flexible, relative control and scheduling of these activities, within a social environment and context.
Conclusions: The CV Ecosystem Model, due to its simple technology and relative low cost, could be successfully implemented in a number of enterprises, including all healthcare facilities, with benefit to employee health, wellbeing, and favorable to the business bottom line.
Author Disclosures: C. Krittanawong: None. C.A. Kermott: None. Z. Wang: None. H. Zhang: None. T.S. Marysia: None. S. Chirapongsathorn: None. S. Hayes: None.
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