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Occupational Health: Cardiovascular System

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support employers in improving the cardiovascular health of their workforces. (195376)

The Government recognise the importance of health promotion in the workplace, including cardiovascular health.

Last year the Government asked Dame Carol Black, the National Director of Health and Work, to conduct a review of the health of the working age population.

Dame Carol's report, “Working for a healthier tomorrow”, was published on 17 March and contains specific recommendations for Government, health care professionals and employers in this area. There will be a cross Government response to the recommendations later in the year. A copy of this report is available in the Library.

The Government have invested £800,000 in to the Well@Work programme, which aims to assess the effectiveness of health promotion interventions in the workplace, including physical activity. Physically active people have up to 50 per cent. reduced risk of major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.