American Heart Association Presidential Advisory
DALLAS, April 13, 2015 —The American Heart Association (AHA) released new recommendations today to address gaps in common standards around comprehensive workplace wellness programs (CWWPs). The recommendations improve the design, measurement and recognition of CWWPs, and, if adopted by employers, could significantly impact efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of the American workforce.
An advisory panel of experts in population and workplace health, cardiology and preventive medicine conducted the review, which includes an extensive evaluation of workplace wellness programs and “culture of health” recognition programs.
“As employers increasingly adopt or refine workplace wellness programs, they need guidance on evidence-based measures and optimal programs that will ultimately improve employee health—or they will be not fulfill the true potential of such programs,” said advisory chair Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Our recommendations provide a blueprint for employers to accurately track the heart health of their employees and provide clear, evidence-based solutions to improve cardiovascular health.”