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Cardiovascular Health of Construction Workers in Hong Kong: A Cross-Sectional Study

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Department of Health and Physical Education, The Education University of Hong Kong, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hon Kong, China
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Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, The Education University of Hong Kong, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Building and Real Estate, Polytechnic University, 11 Yuk Choi Rd, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1251; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061251
Received: 20 April 2018 / Revised: 8 June 2018 / Accepted: 10 June 2018 / Published: 12 June 2018
Background: Given a shortage of construction workers, it is important to develop strategies to avoid early retirement caused by cardiovascular diseases in Hong Kong. Objectives: (1) to describe the cardiovascular health of construction workers in Hong Kong, (2) to examine the demographic differences in cardiovascular health, and (3) to examine the association between health behaviors and cardiovascular health factors. Methods: 626 registered construction workers were included in the analysis. Blood chemistry, blood pressure, weight, and height were measured. Face-to-face questionnaire interviews for health behaviors were conducted. Results: Approximately two-thirds of the construction workers achieved only three out of the seven “ideal” cardiovascular health metrics. The younger, more educated, and female subjects had better cardiovascular health scores than the older, less educated, and male counterparts. Fish and seafood consumption was associated with (1) ideal weight status and (2) ideal cholesterol level, whereas less soft drink consumption was associated with ideal cholesterol level. Conclusions: The findings highlighted the importance of promoting cardiovascular health in the construction industry. This study provided some insights for future interventions, which should include increasing fish and seafood intake, decreasing soft drink consumption, and enhancing the health literacy amongst older, less educated, and male construction workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction industry; heart health; lifestyle behaviors; healthy eating; physical activity construction industry; heart health; lifestyle behaviors; healthy eating; physical activity
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Chung, J.W.-Y.; Wong, B.Y.-M.; Yan, V.C.-M.; Chung, L.M.-Y.; So, H.C.-F.; Chan, A. Cardiovascular Health of Construction Workers in Hong Kong: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1251.

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