The association of technology in a workplace wellness program with health risk factor reduction

J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Mar;55(3):259-64. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182898639.

Abstract

Objective: Determine whether there is a relationship between level of engagement in workplace wellness programs and population/individual health risk reductions.

Methods: A total of 7804 employees from 15 employers completed health risk appraisal and laboratory testing at baseline and again after 2 years of participating in their personalized prevention plan. Population and individual health risk transitions were analyzed across the population, as well as by stage of engagement.

Results: Of those individuals who started in a high risk category at baseline, 46% moved down to medium risk and 19% moved down to low risk category after 2 years on their prevention plan. In the group that only engaged through the Web-based technology, 24% reduced their health risks (P < 0.0001).

Conclusions: Engaging technology and interactive Web-based tools can empower individuals to be more proactive about their health and reduce their health risks.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Markov Chains
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Occupational Health*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Self Efficacy
  • United States