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Effectiveness of a Worksite Wellness Program on Health Behaviors and Personal Health

Merrill, Ray M. PhD, MPH; Anderson, Allison MPH; Thygerson, Steven M. PhD

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: September 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 9 - p 1008–1012
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182281145
Original Articles

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a worksite wellness program at improving health behavior and personal health.

Methods: Analyses are based on 472 (71% men and 29% women) workers employed in 2009 through 2010.

Results: Participants showed significant improvement in frequency of exercise, consumption of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, restful sleep, and seat belt use. Life satisfaction and perceived health also significantly increased, but job satisfaction significantly decreased and there was no change in smoking or body mass index. In addition, the percentage with borderline/high blood pressure significantly decreased.

Conclusions: Participation in well-structured worksite wellness programs, such as the one evaluated in this study, may increase health and life satisfaction for employees. This type of wellness program appears to help employees develop and maintain healthy behaviors.

From the Department of Health Science, College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

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

©2011The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine