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55% of employees believe it’s important for CEO’s to set a good health example.

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The AHA released survey results Tuesday that provide a troubling snapshot for the health of the nation’s workforce, including increased risks for heart disease and stroke – the leading causes of death in the world.

The Nielsen surveyed about 2,000 employees via an online survey. Found that 74 percent of employees reported being in very good or good health. But actually 42 percent of those employees had been diagnosed with a chronic condition, including high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

CEOs are joining with the American Heart Association in an extensive effort to make the country’s workplaces healthier – an urgent need because of obesity, inactivity, high blood pressure and other chronic health problems in the workforce.

Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chair of KKR & Co. L.P. shared “We are taking what we know — from the CEO Roundtable companies, leading doctors and scientists, and this new data — and combining it with the expertise of the AHA to make a meaningful impact on our employees’ health.”

The Roundtable is focusing on overall health and prevention to combat a number of health problems, but its work also will go a long way toward the American Heart Association’s nationwide goal of dramatically improving the cardiovascular health by 20% of all Americans by 2020.

The American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable is made up of three co-chairs, Brown, Kravis and Lundgren. Henry Kravis, Co-CEO and Co-Chair of KKR & Co. L.P.; American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown; and Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. In all, the group includes 22 CEOs.


The 19 other members are:
Mitch Barns, Nielsen
Bruce Broussard, Humana Inc.
David Calhoun, Executive Chairman, Nielsen
D. Scott Davis, United Parcel Service
Paul Diaz, Kindred Healthcare Inc.
Ken Frazier, Merck & Co. Inc.
Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
Milton Johnson, HCA
John Lederer, US Foods Inc.
Andrew Liveris, The Dow Chemical Co.
Mike Mahoney, Boston Scientific Corp.
Larry Merlo, CVS Caremark Corp.
Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company
George Paz, Express Scripts Inc.
Dr. Ralph Shrader, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Randall Stephenson, AT&T Inc.
Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente
Gregory Wasson, Walgreen Co.
David West, Big Heart Pet Brands

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