Implementation of a worksite wellness program targeting small businesses: the Pinnacol Assurance health risk management study

J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Jan;57(1):14-21. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000279.


Objective: To assess small business adoption and need for a worksite wellness program in a longitudinal study of health risks, productivity, workers' compensation rates, and claims costs.

Methods: Health risk assessment data from 6507 employees in 260 companies were examined. Employer and employee data are reported as frequencies, with means and standard deviations reported when applicable.

Results: Of the 260 companies enrolled in the health risk management program, 71% continued more than 1 year, with 97% reporting that worker wellness improves worker safety. Of 6507 participating employees, 34.3% were overweight and 25.6% obese. Approximately one in five participants reported depression. Potentially modifiable conditions affecting 15% or more of enrollees include chronic fatigue, sleeping problems, headaches, arthritis, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.

Conclusions: Small businesses are a suitable target for the introduction of health promotion programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Body Mass Index
  • Colorado
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safety*
  • Sleep
  • Small Business / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking
  • Vegetables
  • Workplace
  • Young Adult