Worksite health and wellness in the European union

Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2014 Mar-Apr;56(5):508-14. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2013.11.003. Epub 2013 Nov 19.


In recent years, trends in cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and prevalence in Europe have shown a significant decline. Nonetheless, CVD still remains the main cause of morbidity and mortality and, as such, more efficient intervention strategies are needed. In this context, workplace health promotion is universally viewed as a potential resource for further reducing CVD burden. Currently, the most active organizations for promoting workplace health promotion are the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion and the Wellness International. The idea of wellbeing in the workplace has multiple meanings across organizations and countries in Europe and no comprehensive surveys examining its exact prevalence and overall impact are currently available. This review will describe the current state of workplace health promotion in Europe and address future directions for this potentially important intervention strategy.

Keywords: Cardiac rehabilitation; Cardiovascular risk; Worksite wellness.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Health Promotion* / standards
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health Services / methods*
  • Occupational Health Services / standards
  • Occupational Health* / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Preventive Health Services / methods*
  • Preventive Health Services / standards
  • Prognosis
  • Program Development
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Workplace* / standards