American Heart Association

Life's Simple 7®

There’s never been a better time to get involved in workplace health.

The American Heart Association has defined ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors (Life's Simple 7) that people can improve through lifestyle changes: smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.

  • These health behaviors and metrics represent seven out of the top 10 most costly risk factors for employers. (Goetzel et al., 2012)

Studies show people in optimal ranges of Life’s Simple 7 have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke compared to people in poor ranges:

  • In a study of a large, ethnically diverse population of one employer, annual employer healthcare costs were on average $2,021 less for employees with at least six ideal Life’s Simple 7 metrics compared to employees with two or fewer ideal metrics. (Osondu et al., 2017)
  • People with at least five ideal Life’s Simple 7 metrics had a 78% reduced risk for heart-related death compared to people with no ideal metrics. (Ford et al., 2012)