OBJECTIVE:: Review relationships between work-life stress and health behaviors to advance understanding of pathways between occupational and individual risk factors and health and safety outcomes. METHODS:: A background on the Total Worker Health concept is provided, and a review of research on the relationship between work-life stress and health behaviors is presented. RESULTS:: Research evidence indicates that work-life stress serves as a negative occupational exposure relating to poor health behaviors, including smoking, poor food choices, low levels of exercise, and even decreased sleep time. CONCLUSION:: The association between work-life stress and adverse health behaviors suggests that interventions at both the occupational (health protection) and individual (health promotion) level may be helpful in mitigating effects of work-life stress, consistent with the Total Worker Health approach. Further study is needed to investigate gains from an integrated prevention strategy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|Issue number||12 SUPPL.|
|State||Published - Dec 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health