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A 6-Week Worksite Positivity Program Leads to Greater Life Satisfaction, Decreased Inflammation, and A Greater number of Employees with A1C levels in Range

Lord, Darcy, PhD; Deem, Angela, RN; Pitchford, Polly; Bray-Richardson, Eileen; Drennon, Michael, MSPH, MPA

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: January 2, 2019 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001527
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Objective: To determine whether a 6-week Positivity Program could impact employee cardiovascular inflammation, blood sugars, cortisol, DHEA and/or life satisfaction.

Methods: Pre- and post-study blood draw and life satisfaction questionnaire tracked changes in 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory biomarkers for sixty-three employees who participated in a 6-week Positivity Program comprised of three interventions: gratitude, HeartMath's Heart Lock-In, and yoga stretches with guided imagery.

Results: Improvements were recorded in life satisfaction as well as in 7 of 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory biomarkers, including HsCRP (−27%), HbA1c (−1%), glucose (−2%), MPO (−5%), Lp-PLA2 (−9%), ApoB (−6%), and DHEA (1%). No improvements were recorded in cortisol (11%), sdLDL (0%), or OxLDL (7%).

Conclusions: Data suggest that engaging in 6 weeks of a workplace Positivity Program may improve employee life satisfaction, blood sugar levels, and some markers of cardiovascular inflammation.

Guarantor of Submission, Organizational Behavioral Specialist, Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Lord, Deem, Bray-Richardson), Manager Occupational Health & Wellness, Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Deem), Aetna Onsite Health Promotion Specialist, Onsite Wellness, Aetna, Tampa, Florida, USA (Pitchford), Administrative Specialist III, Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Bray-Richardson), Disease Intervention Services Program Manager, Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Drennon).

Address correspondence to: Darcy Lord, PhD – Guarantor of Submission, Sarasota County Government, Employee Health & Benefits, 1660 Ringling Blvd, Wellness, 4th Floor, Sarasota, Florida, USA 34236 (dlord@scgov.net)

Funding: Sarasota County Government implemented the 6-Week Worksite Positivity Study. Aetna, the medical insurance carrier for Sarasota County Government, provided Cleveland HeartLab (an offsite lab) $15,000 to fund lab work for the 6-Week Worksite Positivity Study. Sarasota County Government derives no immediate financial benefit from Aetna's payment to Cleveland HeartLab.

Conflicts of Interest: As stated above, Sarasota County Government derives no immediate financial benefit, from Aetna's payment to Cleveland HeartLab. One of the authors, Polly Pitchford, is employed by Aetna as onsite Health Promotion. Specialist. Aetna provided funding for the study as seen above under “Funding.” Though employed by Aetna, P. Pitchford works onsite at Sarasota County Government. Other than her regular salary, P. Pitchford derives no immediate financial benefit from having participated in the 6-Week Worksite Positivity Study. For all other authors (Darcy Lord, Angela Deem, Eileen Bray-Richardson, and Michael Drennon) regarding conflicts of interest: None Declared

Support: Acknowledgment goes to Aetna for funding the post-intervention lab work for the 6-Week Worksite Positivity Study.

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