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J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Mar;60(3):211-216. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001240.

The Measurable Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program in Canada: Results After One Year.

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McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Drs Lowensteyn, DaCosta, Grover); Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Dr Lowensteyn, Mr Belisle, Drs DaCosta, Joseph, Grover); Merck Canada Inc., Kirkland, Quebec, Canada (Ms Berberian); and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Dr Joseph).



The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of an employee wellness program in Canada.


A comprehensive program including web-based lifestyle challenges was evaluated with annual health screenings.


Among 730 eligible employees, 688 (94%) registered for the program, 571 (78%) completed a health screening at baseline, and 314 (43%) at 1 year. Most (66%) employees tracked their activity for more than 6 weeks. At 1-year follow-up, there were significant clinical improvements in systolic blood pressure -3.4 mm Hg, and reductions in poor sleep quality (33% to 28%), high emotional stress (21% to 15%), and fatigue (11% to 6%). A positive dose-response was noted where the greatest improvements were observed among those who participated the most.


The program had high employee engagement. After 1 year, the benefits included clinically important improvements in physical and mental health.

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