The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of an employee wellness program in Canada.
A comprehensive program including web-based lifestyle challenges was evaluated with annual health screenings.
Among 730 eligible employees, 688 (94%) registered for the program, 571 (78%) completed a health screening at baseline, and 314 (43%) at 1 year. Most (66%) employees tracked their activity for more than 6 weeks. At 1-year follow-up, there were significant clinical improvements in systolic blood pressure -3.4 mm Hg, and reductions in poor sleep quality (33% to 28%), high emotional stress (21% to 15%), and fatigue (11% to 6%). A positive dose–response was noted where the greatest improvements were observed among those who participated the most.
The program had high employee engagement. After 1 year, the benefits included clinically important improvements in physical and mental health.
McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Drs Lowensteyn, DaCosta, Grover); Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Dr Lowensteyn, Mr Belisle, Drs DaCosta, Joseph, Grover); Merck Canada Inc., Kirkland, Quebec, Canada (Ms Berberian); and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Dr Joseph).
Address correspondence to: Ilka Lowensteyn, PhD, 430 rue Saint Pierre, Montreal, QC H2Y 2M5, Canada (Ilka.firstname.lastname@example.org).
This program was funded by Merck Canada Inc.
Drs Lowensteyn and Grover are part-time employees of Clinemetrica Inc., which owns the rights to the web-based platform used in this study. Dr Grover is also a shareholder in Clinemetrica Inc.
Authors Lowensteyn, Berberian, Belisle, DaCosta, Joseph, and Grover have no relationships/conditions/circumstances that present potential conflict of interest.
The JOEM editorial board and planners have no financial interest related to this research.