Long-term effects of a worksite health promotion program for firefighters

David P. MacKinnon, Diane Elliot, Felix Thoemmes, Kerry Kuehl, Esther Moe, Linn Goldberg, Ginger Lockhart Burrell, Krista W. Ranby

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Abstract

Objective: To describe effects of 2 worksite health promotion programs for firefighters, both immediate outcomes and the longterm consequences for 4 years following the interventions. Methods: At baseline, 599 firefighters were assessed, randomized by fire station to control and 2 different intervention conditions, and reevaluated with 6 annual follow-up measurements. Results: Both a team-centered peer-taught curriculum and an individual motivational interviewing intervention demonstrated positive effects on BMI, with team effects on nutrition behavior and physical activity at one year. Most differences between intervention and control groups dissipated at later annual assessments. However, the trajectory of behaviors across time generally was positive for all groups, consistent with lasting effects and diffusion of program benefits across experimental groups within the worksites. Conclusions: Although one-year programmatic effects did not remain over time, the long-term pattern of behaviors suggested these worksites as a whole were healthier more than 3 years following the interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-706
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume34
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010

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Firefighters
Health Promotion
Workplace
health promotion
Motivational Interviewing
Curriculum
Exercise
Group
Control Groups
nutrition
curriculum

Keywords

  • BMI
  • Dietary behaviors
  • Physical activity
  • Worksite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology

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Long-term effects of a worksite health promotion program for firefighters. / MacKinnon, David P.; Elliot, Diane; Thoemmes, Felix; Kuehl, Kerry; Moe, Esther; Goldberg, Linn; Burrell, Ginger Lockhart; Ranby, Krista W.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 6, 2010, p. 695-706.

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MacKinnon, DP, Elliot, D, Thoemmes, F, Kuehl, K, Moe, E, Goldberg, L, Burrell, GL & Ranby, KW 2010, 'Long-term effects of a worksite health promotion program for firefighters', American Journal of Health Behavior, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 695-706.
MacKinnon, David P. ; Elliot, Diane ; Thoemmes, Felix ; Kuehl, Kerry ; Moe, Esther ; Goldberg, Linn ; Burrell, Ginger Lockhart ; Ranby, Krista W. / Long-term effects of a worksite health promotion program for firefighters. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2010 ; Vol. 34, No. 6. pp. 695-706.
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