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Happy Heart at Work Programme- Health Checks

Creator:

Irish Heart Foundation

Subject Keywords: BLOOD PRESSURE, BODY MASS INDEX, CHOLESTEROL, HEALTHY EATING, OBESITY, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, WEIGHT MEASUREMENT
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Hypertension
Stroke
Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Obesity
Type: Project
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

The “Happy Heart at Work” programme is the Irish Heart Foundation’s workplace heart health programme. It was established in 1992. What checks does the heart health involve? 

The heart health check includes:

  • Blood pressure check 
  • Cholesterol and Glucose check (optional)
  • Weight measurement:  includes Waist Measurement and Body Mass Index
  • Overall individual assessment and information and recommendations on healthy eating, alcohol consumption, physical activity and stress
  • Carbon monoxide check (for smokers) and advice on quitting smoking
  • Personal record card of all tests and advice

The aim of the health check is: to provide information and awareness about heart health,giving  information on cholesterol, blood pressure, diet, physical activity, smoking, stress and alcohol consumption, to deliver brief interventions with respect to heart health related behaviours, to positively influence attitudes and behaviours among employees with respect to their heart health, to advise any individual with abnormal readings to see their GP.  In an evaluation carried out by Waterford Institute of Technology in 2009 on the Health Checks – it stated that it was evident that the workplace health check identified individuals with cardiovascular risk that may have gone undetected and that it positively influenced health related behaviours.

Date:

02/12/2011

Rights: © The Irish Heart Foundation
Suggested citation:

Irish Heart Foundation. (2011) Happy Heart at Work Programme- Health Checks [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/99428 [Accessed: 18th July 2019].

  

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