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C-39 Free Communication/Poster - Physical Activity Interventions in Adults - Part I Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7: 30 AM - 12: 30 PM Room: Exhibit Hall A/B

An Eight-Month Study of Employee’s Participation And Engagement In A Health Promotion Initiative

1563 Board #216 June 2, 8

00 AM - 9

30 AM

Doyle, Karen; Schoof, Tim; Pfefer, Mark; Burkhalter, Rebecca

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2016 - Volume 48 - Issue 5S - p 428
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000486288.71968.30
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PURPOSE: To examine university employee participation and engagement in an 8-month health promotion initiative.

METHODS: Cleveland University - Kansas City (CU-KC) employees (105) were invited to participate in an 8-month health promotion program (Feb - Oct 2015). CU-KC purchased a self-report tracking system and a fitness tracking device for all participants. Participants were awarded points for tracking physical activity (PA), nutrition (N), mental (M), social (S), annual health exams (A) and activities of the month (MA). Participation was stratified by number of categories participants reported on the tracking system. Minimal level required participation in (1) category, moderate (3) and maximal (6). Each category listed three or more activities. Engagement was measured by the total number of activities recorded from all categories. CU-KC wellness team motivated participates with monthly specialty events, emails, newsletters, and trimester challenges. Gift cards were awarded to employees for challenges and overall participation.

RESULTS: Initial employee participation was 62 (59%). The majority reached the highest level of participation with 32 (51.62%) participating at the maximum level, 29 (46.77%) moderate level and 1 (1.61%) minimal level. Participation decreased by 19 (30.64%) after the first month with 16 (25.40%) choosing to dropout and 4 (6.35%) leaving the institution. The majority of those who stopped participating were at moderate and minimal levels the first month. Participation increased for those who remained. In October, 40 (93.02%) employees showed a maximum level of participation. Engagement increased by 62.86% from Feb. (M=8.51) to Oct. (M=13.86). Almost two-thirds (64.52%) completed 12+ activities in Feb. and in Oct., 12+ activities were recorded by most participants (95.35%). MA scored the highest participation (59.05%), while S scored the highest engagement (83%). S recorded the lowest participation (49.52%) and MA scored the lowest engagement (27.88%).

CONCLUSION: Current findings indicated an 8-month health promotion program was sustainable on a modest budget at a small Midwest university. Employees active after 1 month remained at a maximal level of participation with increased engagement.

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