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J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Jan;57(1):14-21. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000279.

Implementation of a worksite wellness program targeting small businesses: the Pinnacol Assurance health risk management study.

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From the Colorado School of Public Health, Center for Worker Health and Environment and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (Drs Newman, Metcalf, and Witter, Ms Tenney), Aurora; Tri-County Health Department (Ms Stinson), Greenwood Village, Colo; Health Science Center, Peking University (Dr Fang) Beijing, China; Segue Consulting (Ms Brockbank), Denver, Colo; Integrated Benefits Institute (Dr Jinnett), San Francisco, Calif; Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (Dr Reynolds), Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Trotter Wellness (Ms Trotter), Sheboygan, Wisc; Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy (Dr Atherly), Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora; and Truven Health Analytics and Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health (Dr Goetzel), Bethesda, Md.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess small business adoption and need for a worksite wellness program in a longitudinal study of health risks, productivity, workers' compensation rates, and claims costs.

METHODS:

Health risk assessment data from 6507 employees in 260 companies were examined. Employer and employee data are reported as frequencies, with means and standard deviations reported when applicable.

RESULTS:

Of the 260 companies enrolled in the health risk management program, 71% continued more than 1 year, with 97% reporting that worker wellness improves worker safety. Of 6507 participating employees, 34.3% were overweight and 25.6% obese. Approximately one in five participants reported depression. Potentially modifiable conditions affecting 15% or more of enrollees include chronic fatigue, sleeping problems, headaches, arthritis, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.

CONCLUSIONS:

Small businesses are a suitable target for the introduction of health promotion programs.

PMID:
25563536
PMCID:
PMC4274320
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000279
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