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J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Jan 2. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001527. [Epub ahead of print]

A 6-Week Worksite Positivity Program Leads to Greater Life Satisfaction, Decreased Inflammation, and A Greater number of Employees with A1C levels in Range.

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Guarantor of Submission, Organizational Behavioral Specialist, Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Lord, Deem, Bray-Richardson), Manager Occupational Health & Wellness, Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Deem), Aetna Onsite Health Promotion Specialist, Onsite Wellness, Aetna, Tampa, Florida, USA (Pitchford), Administrative Specialist III, Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Bray-Richardson), Disease Intervention Services Program Manager, Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, Sarasota, Florida, USA (Drennon).

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether a 6-week Positivity Program could impact employee cardiovascular inflammation, blood sugars, cortisol, DHEA and/or life satisfaction.

METHODS:

Pre- and post-study blood draw and life satisfaction questionnaire tracked changes in 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory biomarkers for sixty-three employees who participated in a 6-week Positivity Program comprised of three interventions: gratitude, HeartMath's Heart Lock-In, and yoga stretches with guided imagery.

RESULTS:

Improvements were recorded in life satisfaction as well as in 7 of 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory biomarkers, including HsCRP (-27%), HbA1c (-1%), glucose (-2%), MPO (-5%), Lp-PLA2 (-9%), ApoB (-6%), and DHEA (1%). No improvements were recorded in cortisol (11%), sdLDL (0%), or OxLDL (7%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Data suggest that engaging in 6 weeks of a workplace Positivity Program may improve employee life satisfaction, blood sugar levels, and some markers of cardiovascular inflammation.

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