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Integrating heart health into your wellness efforts is key to protecting your employees while increasing business productivity and lowering healthcare costs. The Dow Chemical Company, a multinational corporation headquartered in Midland, MI, has a workforce of approximately 54,000 in 160 countries. Learn from Dow’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Catherine Baase and Director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Dr. Barbara Bowman as they discuss best practices to promote heart health in the workplace as part of an overall healthy workforce strategy.

Dr. BowmanThe Dow Chemical Company Asks
CDC’s Dr. Bowman



Dr. BaaseCDC Asks The Dow Chemical Company’s Dr. Baase


What steps could businesses take to be a heart-healthy environment for employees?

Many employees believe heart attacks and strokes can’t be prevented. Is this a misconception or a fact?

How can the private sector best leverage CDC data/resources in support of heart-healthy workplaces?

The new concept of Total Worker Health is emerging. Can CDC explain the vision of how organizations like the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the broader CDC see achievement of mutual priorities here?

> View Dr. Bowman’s Responses



What sorts of practices have you implemented in the workplace to encourage heart health among employees?

What are the biggest challenges you have faced in promoting heart health among your workforce? What are your biggest successes?

Do you see a link between heart health and improved employee productivity? From Dow’s point of view, tell us some of the benefits of emphasizing heart health among the workforce.

How do you educate employees about the importance of healthy living and the risk factors for heart disease and stroke?

As you seek to help employees prevent deaths and disability from heart disease and stroke, what kind of resources and information from CDC do you find helpful?

What are the most impactful levers and actions within the employer’s reach to improve heart health?

> View Dr. Baase’s Responses