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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Mar;55(3):259-64. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182898639.

The association of technology in a workplace wellness program with health risk factor reduction.

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US Preventive Medicine, Inc, Brentwood, TN, USA. RLoeppke.MD@USPM.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Determine whether there is a relationship between level of engagement in workplace wellness programs and population/individual health risk reductions.

METHODS:

A total of 7804 employees from 15 employers completed health risk appraisal and laboratory testing at baseline and again after 2 years of participating in their personalized prevention plan. Population and individual health risk transitions were analyzed across the population, as well as by stage of engagement.

RESULTS:

Of those individuals who started in a high risk category at baseline, 46% moved down to medium risk and 19% moved down to low risk category after 2 years on their prevention plan. In the group that only engaged through the Web-based technology, 24% reduced their health risks (P < 0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Engaging technology and interactive Web-based tools can empower individuals to be more proactive about their health and reduce their health risks.

PMID:
23439270
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182898639
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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