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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182898639
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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

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Abstract

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.

©2013The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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