Health Team Healthy U: A propesective validation of an evidence-based worksite health promotion and wellness platform

Linn Goldberg, Chondra Lockwood, Bharti Garg, Kerry Kuehl

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effects of a research-tested, team-based health promotion and wellness program combined with digital technologies and implemented in a diverse worksite setting among hospital, clinic, and university employees. Methods: A prospective cohort study of employees completing biometrics and questionnaires before and after the initial 12-session wellness program and its 12-session booster, 1 year later. results: After both the initial intervention and booster, blood pressure and weight were reduced, with greater reductions among employees with pre-hypertension and hypertension and those with a body mass index ≤25. After both the initial intervention and booster, there was a significant increase in (1) daily intake of fruit and vegetable servings, (2) days/week of ≥30 min of exercise, (3) days/week of strength training, and (4) levels of moderately vigorous and vigorous daily physical activity. Self-reported indices of both depression and work-related stress were reduced, while participants reported increased happiness. Post booster, average sleep quality, and sleep duration increased among higher risk employees reporting ≤6 h of daily sleep. Employees reported receiving encouragement from co-workers to engage in healthful diet and physical activities, and exercised together more, and indicated that they would recommend the program to other employees. Longitudinal analysis revealed the durability of the initial intervention outcomes with further beneficial effects after the booster. conclusion: A research tested, comprehensive team-based health promotion and wellness program, combined with digital technologies, improved employee health behaviors, mood, sleep, elements of co-worker cohesion, and biometrics among a diverse multisite workforce. Positive program effects were durable, with enhanced results after the booster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number188
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume3
Issue numberAUG
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 4 2015

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Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Diet
  • Employee health
  • Health promotion
  • Occupational health
  • Physical activity
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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