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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181b11bb3
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Efficacy of the Berkshire Health System Cardiovascular Health Risk Reduction Program

Merrill, Ray M. PhD, MPH; Aldana, Steven G. PhD; Ellrodt, Gray MD; Orsi, Roberta MS, RN; Grelle-Laramee, Jenna MA, RN

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Objective: To assess the effectiveness of the Berkshire Health System Cardiovascular Health Risk Reduction Program.

Methods: A within-group study design was conducted. Analyses were based on 502 employees who completed an initial and follow-up personal health risk assessment. One-on-one nurse coaching occurred, with referrals and recommendations based on screening results.

Results: Clinically and statistically significant improvements occurred between initial and second screenings for individuals with high systolic blood pressure, high diastolic blood pressure, high total cholesterol, low high-density lipoprotein, high low-density lipoprotein, and high glucose. Decrease in body mass index for obese individuals was marginally insignificant. Improvements were also observed in exercise, pleasure doing things, and mental health. Improvement in mental health occurred primarily in women and among those aged <50 years.

Conclusion: The Berkshire Health System Program significantly improves cardiovascular health.

©2009The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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