Corporate wellness plan designers and managers who want to enrich their programs without increasing cost may want to take a look at the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 checklist.

The American Heart Association has developed this checklist as a way for companies to address heart disease among covered employees. Available here, the steps are fairly straightforward, more a matter of monitoring one's behavior first and then choosing to change it if necessary. The seven steps lead to a general assessment of one's cardiovascular condition.

Check list item one: Managing blood pressure

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.