Current trends in reducing cardiovascular risk factors in the United States: focus on worksite health and wellness.


Journal Article (Review)

Health care in the United States (US) is changing with a broad provision of health care services to every American due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) slated to begin in January of 2014. An important aspect of the ACA is that US companies may begin to offer health insurance incentives to employees for participating in health and wellness initiatives. Moreover, since US employers directly absorb many of the financial costs associated with the high degree of cardiovascular (CV) risk factors present in their personnel, employers may be financially vested in improving employee health. However, employers must also consider the costs of developing and maintaining programs to improve employee health and their return on investment (ROI). This review will identify key risk factors to address in a worksite health and wellness program and to examine the performance of such programs in improving CV risk factors and their ROI.

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Cited Authors

  • Cahalin, LP; Myers, J; Kaminsky, L; Briggs, P; Forman, DE; Patel, MJ; Pinkstaff, SO; Arena, R

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 476 - 483

PubMed ID

  • 24607011

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24607011

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-1740

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-0620

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pcad.2013.10.002


  • eng