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The Association of Technology in a Workplace Wellness Program With Health Risk Factor Reduction

Loeppke, Ron MD, MPH; Edington, Dee PhD; Bender, Joel MD, PhD, MSPH; Reynolds, Ashley MSN, RN

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2013 - Volume 55 - Issue 3 - p 259–264
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182898639
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Objective: Determine whether there is a relationship between level of engagement in workplace wellness programs and population/individual health risk reductions.

Methods: A total of 7804 employees from 15 employers completed health risk appraisal and laboratory testing at baseline and again after 2 years of participating in their personalized prevention plan. Population and individual health risk transitions were analyzed across the population, as well as by stage of engagement.

Results: Of those individuals who started in a high risk category at baseline, 46% moved down to medium risk and 19% moved down to low risk category after 2 years on their prevention plan. In the group that only engaged through the Web-based technology, 24% reduced their health risks (P < 0.0001).

Conclusions: Engaging technology and interactive Web-based tools can empower individuals to be more proactive about their health and reduce their health risks.

From US Preventive Medicine, Inc (Drs Loeppke and Bender and Mr Reynolds), Brentwood, Tenn; and Health Management Research Center (Dr Edington), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Address correspondence to: Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH, 5166 Remington Dr, Brentwood, TN 37027 (RLoeppke.MD@USPM.com).

The authors declare no conflict of interest. No funding was received. Dr Ron Loeppke, Dr Joel Bender, and Mr Ashley Reynolds are employees of US Preventive Medicine, Inc, and Dr Dee Edington is a consultant and member of the US Preventive Medicine International Advisory Board.

©2013The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine