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Associative Journal of Health Sciences

COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease: A Worksite Intervention

  • Open or CloseTina M Penhollow* and Brittany Kimmons

    Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion, College of Science, Florida Atlantic University, USA

    *Corresponding author: Tina M Penhollow, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University, College of Science, Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion, 777 Glades Road, FH11-25B, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Submission: February 24, 2021;Published: March 11, 2021

Abstract

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in social and working environments that have significantly changed. This has included mandatory international lockdowns, quarantine regulations, social distancing policies, suspention of productive work activity, loss of income, anxiety, and the fear of future employment. This lockdown has also exacerbated a number of health aliments, including weight gain and high blood presuure, which can lead to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). A number of workplace interventions can help to allieviate the stress and uncertainty of this pandemic. This includes policies of anti-contagion measures, requiring and providing health care workers with personal protective equipment, and the implemenation of health promotion programs to enhance quality of life for employees. The Health Belief Model (HBM) and the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) are theortetical frameworks that can assist to deliver work-related health promotion programs. This mini review is an intervention proposal in order to provide approaches to better understand and provide assistance relative to the health and well-being of worksite employees.

Keywords: COVID-19; Cardiovascular disease; Worksite health promotion programs

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