Free choice access to multipoint wellness education and related services positively impacts employee wellness

A randomized and controlled trial

Gary A. Sforzo, Miranda P. Kaye, David Calleri, Nancy Ngai

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Examine effects of voluntary participation in employer-sponsored, multipoint wellness education programming on employee wellness. METHODS: A randomized and controlled design was used to organize 96 participants into an education + access group; an access-only group, and control group. Outcome measures were made at start and end of a 12-week intervention period. RESULTS: Education + access improved wellness knowledge, which, in turn, enhanced life satisfaction, employee morale, and energy, and nearly improved stress level. Those who received facility access without educational programming did not reap health benefits. Employees voluntarily used the fitness facility and healthy meal cards only 1.3 and 1.5 times per week, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Participants made limited and likely inadequate use of wellness opportunities. As a result, physical health benefits (eg, blood pressure, fitness parameters) were not seen in the present study. However, multipoint wellness education resulted in psychosocial health benefits in 12 weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-477
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

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Blood Pressure
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In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 54, No. 4, 01.04.2012, p. 471-477.

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