According to the American Heart Association, one in 25 construction workers has cardiovascular disease, one in 4 is obese, one in 4 uses tobacco and one in 25 has diabetes. In fact, construction industry workers have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to other industries, based on lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity.
Though its Hard Hats with Heart program, the Association in Maine works with several construction industry employers to provide resources, education and inspiration to help their employees live a heart-healthier lifestyle. Maine companies participating in the Hard Hats with Heart program include: Casella Waste Systems, Inc, Cianbro; Langford & Low, PC Construction; Sargent Corporation, Sewall/Treadwell Franklin, Turner Construction; and Zachau Construction.
Learn more by attending a Hard Hats with Heart networking and educational event on Thursday, April 20th from 4-7 pm at 33 Elmwood. At this event, the Association will share all the exciting programs being implemented here in Maine and will provide Hands-Only CPR demonstration. A local heart disease survivor will share their story and a local construction company will discuss how they best utilize Hard Hats with Heart resources, education and information. In addition, guests can enjoy appetizers, bowling, bocce, bag toss and more.
“The good news is that 80% of heart disease and stroke is preventable.” said Michael Bourque, President and CEO of MEMIC, the event’s presenting sponsor. “By creating a culture of wellness within Maine’s construction companies, positive health outcomes can result that could reduce their risk of these diseases.”
Participation in Hard Hats with Heart is free. Register here under Events. For more information, contact Lena Minervino at the American Heart Association in Maine at [email protected] or by calling (207) 289-2397.