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J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Nov;56(11):1137-44. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000300.

Making the workplace a more effective site for prevention of noncommunicable diseases in adults.

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From The Vitality Institute (Drs Tryon and Yach), New York, NY; The Vitality Group (Mr Bolnick), Chicago, Ill.; Department of Public Health (Ms Pomeranz), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; and Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health (Dr Pronk), Boston, Mass.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Efforts to realize the potential of disease prevention in the United States have fallen behind those of peer countries, and workplace disease prevention is a major gap. This article investigates the reasons for this gap.

METHODS:

Literature review and expert discussions.

RESULTS:

Obstacles to effective use of workplace disease prevention include limited leadership and advocacy, poor alignment of financial incentives, limitations in research quality and investment, regulation that does not support evidence-based practice, and a dearth of community-employer partnerships.

CONCLUSIONS:

We make recommendations to address these obstacles, such as the inclusion of health metrics in corporate reporting, making the workplace a central component of the strategy to combat the effect of noncommunicable diseases, and linking prevention directly benefit businesses' bottom lines.

PMID:
25376407
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000300
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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