DENVER, Oct. 9, 2023 – Workers in the construction industry are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease due to the physical demands of the job, stress, and habits. In fact, 343,000 construction workers (1 in 25) have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. That’s why the American Heart Association is working with leaders in the construction industry on Hard Hats with Heart in Denver, an initiative to engage industrial workers nationwide and inspire them to live healthier, longer lives. Overall, prioritizing cardiovascular health in the workplace can lead to a safer, healthier, and more productive workforce.

In Denver, construction companies are stepping up to join this industry-specific initiative from the American Heart Association to improve the cardiovascular health of those working in the industry. The campaign’s focus is to integrate health, well-being, and prevention solutions into the industry’s culture. It brings professionals together from across the construction and health care industries for an evening of networking and celebration.

The Denver Hard Hats with Heart kickoff event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the Town Hall Collaborative in Denver.

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Here are a few trends Hard Hats with Heart is working to reverse:

  • 1 out of 4 construction workers are obese, which increases a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease. [1]
  • 1 out of 3 construction workers use tobacco. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.[2], [3]
  • Nearly half of all construction workers don’t get enough exercise.[4] Lack of activity is a key risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.[5]
  • 1 out of 25 construction workers have diabetes.[6] Diabetes increases a person’s risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • About 366,000 people die from cardiac arrest every year in the United States. Most occur outside of a hospital, and about 1 in 5 occur at work or in public, like a job site. Bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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