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Evaluation of a Best-Practice Worksite Wellness Program in a Small-Employer Setting Using Selected Well-being Indices

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

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: April 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 4 - p 448–454
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182143ed0
Original Articles

Objective: To measure the effectiveness of a wellness program in a small company using four well-being indicators designed to measure dimensions of physical health, emotional health, healthy behavior, and basic access to health-related conditions and services.

Methods: Indicator scores were obtained and compared between Lincoln Industries employees and workers in the neighboring Lincoln/Omaha community during 2009.

Results: Nearly all Lincoln Industries employees participated in the wellness program. Physical health, mental health, and healthy behavior were significantly greater for Lincoln Industries employees. Self-perceived access to basic needs was not significantly greater among Lincoln Industries employees.

Conclusion: Well-being index scores provide evidence for the effectiveness of the wellness program in this small company setting with respect to better dimensions of physical health, emotional health, and healthy behavior than geographically similar workers.

From the Department of Health Science (Dr Merrill), College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Lifestyle Research Group (Dr Aldana), Mapleton, Utah; Center for Health Research, Healthways, Inc, World Headquarters (Drs Pope and Coberley), Franklin, Tenn; Health Enhancement Research Organization Research Committee (Dr Anderson), Saint Paul, Minn; Lincoln Industries (Messrs Vyhlidal and Howe), Lincoln, Neb; and Health Enhancement Research Organization (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; E-mail: Ray_Merrill@byu.edu.

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine