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The Impact of Worksite Wellness in a Small Business Setting

Ray, M. Merrill PhD, MPH; Steven, G. Aldana PhD; Tonya, P. Vyhlidal MEd; Howe, Greg MS; David, R. Anderson PhD, LP; R., William Whitmer MBA

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 2 - p 127–131
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318209e18b
Original Articles: CME Available for this Article at ACOEM.org

Objective: This study evaluates the level of participation and effectiveness of a worksite wellness program in a small business setting.

Methods: Three years of wellness participation and risk data from Lincoln Industries was analyzed.

Results: All Lincoln Industry employees participated in at least some level of wellness programming. Significant improvements in body fat, blood pressure, and flexibility were observed across time. The largest improvements in risk were seen among older employees and those with the highest baseline values.

Conclusions: This small business was able to improve the health of the entire workforce population by integrating wellness deeply into their culture and operations. Replication of this program in other small business settings could have a large impact on public health since 60 million adults in the United States work in small businesses.

From the Department of Health Science (Dr Merrill), College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Lifestyle Research Group (Dr Aldana), Mapleton, Utah; Lincoln Industries (Ms Vyhlidal and Mr Howe), Lincoln, Neb; Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Research Committee (Dr Anderson), St. Paul, Minn; and Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) (Mr Whitmer), Birmingham, Ala.

Address correspondence to: Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH, Department of Health Science, College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University, 229-A Richards Building, Provo, UT 84602 (Ray_Merrill@byu.edu).

Authors Merrill, Aldana, Vyhlidal, Howe, Anderson and Whitmer have no financial interest related to this research.

The JOEM Editorial Board and planners have no financial interest in this article.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine