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Baseline Characteristics of Workers at Ten New York City Employers Recruited for a Private-Public Research Collaborative

Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Luisi, Daria PhD, MPH; Ozminkowski, Ronald J. PhD; Roemer, Enid Chung PhD; Taher, Sabira MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2008 - Volume 50 - Issue 2 - p 190-201
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31815cbad0
Original Articles

Objective: To describe a public-private collaborative and present results from the administration of a baseline health risk assessment (HRA).

Methods: A custom-designed HRA was made available to 31,535 New York workers, and 5539 (17.6%) completed the survey. Data from the HRA were used to present a business case to employers urging them to support health promotion efforts at their worksites.

Results: Of these, 78.5% of workers in the sample reported poor eating habits, 39.9% were sedentary, and 62.2% were overweight, obese, or extremely obese; 30.4% had high or borderline-high total cholesterol levels, 24.9% reported high or borderline high blood pressure, and 16.8% reported high or borderline high blood glucose levels; tobacco use rates were relatively low (14.0%).

Conclusion: Results represent a baseline against which future data for the study cohort will be compared to evaluate the health and financial impacts of engaging employees in workplace health promotion programs.

From the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (Drs Goetzel, Roemer), Emory University, Washington, DC; Health and Productivity Research (Dr Goetzel), Thomson Healthcare, Washington, DC; Office of Worksite Wellness (Dr Luisi), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Ms Taher), New York, NY; and Health Economist (Dr Ozminkowski), Ann Arbor, MI.

Address correspondence to: Ron Z. Goetzel, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Emory University, c/o Thomson Healthcare, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 330, Washington, DC, 20008; E-mail:

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