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The Healthiest Company Index: A Campaign to Promote Worksite Wellness in South Africa

Patel, Deepak MD, MSc; Goetzel, Ron Z. PhD; Beckowski, Meghan MPH; Milner, Karen MA, PhD; Greyling, Mike MSc; da Silva, Roseanne BScHons, FIA; Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy BSc, PhD; Tabrizi, Maryam J. MS; Nossel, Craig MBChB, MBA

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2013 - Volume 55 - Issue 2 - p 172–178
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182728d61
Original Articles

Objective: To describe a 2010 initiative to encourage companies in South Africa to adopt workplace health promotion programs.

Methods: Data documenting organizational efforts to improve workers' health were collected from 71 participating employers and 11,472 workers completing health assessments. Organizational and employee health were scored on the basis of responses to the surveys that asked about facilities and programs offered, leadership support for health promotion, and employees' health status.

Results: In its first year, the initiative recruited 101 organizations and 71 qualified for the award. Results aggregated across these companies focus on elements constituting organizational and individual health, with specific measures that companies can review to determine whether they and their employees are “healthy.”

Conclusions: The Healthiest Company Index provided useful baseline data to support employers' efforts to develop and implement effective and impactful health promotion programs.

From Discovery Health (Dr Patel), Johannesburg, South Africa; Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (Dr Goetzel), Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga; Truven Health Analytics (Dr Goetzel and Mss Beckowski and Tabrizi), Washington, DC; University of Witswaterstrand (Dr Milner, Mr Greyling, and Ms da Silva), Johannesburg, South Africa; University of Cape Town (Dr Kolbe-Alexander), Cape Town, South Africa; and Discovery Health (Dr Nossel), Johannesburg, South Africa.

Address correspondence to: Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and Consulting and Applied Research, Truven Health Analytics, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 330, Washington, DC 20008; E-mail:

Authors were funded by Discovery Health.

©2013The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine