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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 May;55(5):514-9. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827f37d7.

Relationship between physical inactivity and health characteristics among participants in an employee-wellness program.

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Division of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. gurjeet.birdee@vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To characterize factors associated with physical inactivity among employees with access to workplace wellness program.

METHODS:

We examined data on physical inactivity, defined as exercise less than once a week, from the 2010 health risk assessment completed by employees at a major academic institution (N = 16,976).

RESULTS:

Among employees, 18% of individuals reported physical activity less than once a week. Individuals who were physically inactive as compared with physically active reported higher prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 1.36 [1.23 to 1.51]), fair or poor health status (AOR, 3.52 [2.97 to 4.17]), and absenteeism from work (AOR, 1.59 [1.41 to 1.79]). Overall, physically inactive employees as compared with physically active employees reported more interest in health education programs.

CONCLUSION:

Future research is needed to address barriers to physical inactivity to improve employee wellness and potentially lower health utility costs.

PMID:
23618884
PMCID:
PMC3651750
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827f37d7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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