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Sustainability - Wellness Initiative

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At PITT OHIO, our most significant resource is our people, so we've extended our mission to be People Driven beyond the workplace. In 2007, PITT OHIO initiated a company-wide wellness program in an effort to encourage our employees to Eat Right, Be Fit and Live Well.

The goal of the program is to improve our employees' health and safety. In order to allow each employee the opportunity to perform to his or her greatest potential, we take care of our people. And in turn – our employees take exceptional care of our customers.

2017 February – American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

Sustainability - Eat Right

Eat Right – Heart Healthy Diet

The goals of a heart healthy diet are to eat foods that help obtain or maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and fatty molecules called lipids.  This can be achieved by reducing overall cholesterol levels and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) which are harmful to the heart.  Beneficial for the heart is increasing high-density lipoproteins (HDL) as well reducing other harmful lipids (fatty molecules) such as triglycerides.

Sustainability - Be Fit

Be Fit – Exercise for Your Heart

Exercise is so effective at protecting your heart because it strengthens the heart muscle at the same time that it helps keep weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure at healthy levels. It may also reduce arterial inflammation, which increases heart-attack risk, and slow the progression of heart disease. Studies have shown people with strong cardiovascular function, regardless of their weight, are healthier and live longer than their sedentary counterparts. Strength training improves heart-health, too, since more muscle equals a faster metabolism, which makes it easier to keep weight off. 

Sustainability - Live Well

Live Well – Manage Your Stress

Medical researchers aren't sure exactly how stress increases the risk of heart disease. Stress itself might be a risk factor, or it could be that high levels of stress make other risk factors (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure) worse.  For example, if you are under stress, your blood pressure goes up, you may overeat, you may exercise less, and you may be more likely to smoke.

If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.