Mobile Work Site Health Promotion Programs can reduce selected employee health risks

J Occup Med. 1993 Sep;35(9):922-8. doi: 10.1097/00043764-199309000-00016.

Abstract

This study examined the effect of participation in a mobile work site health promotion program (MWHPP) on selected health risks. Measures of blood pressure, cholesterol total and total/high-density lipoprotein ratio, percent body fat, and submaximal fitness were taken at baseline, 6-, 12-, and 18-month intervals from 113 employed adults. Significant reductions (P < or = .01) were observed in all variables measured. Further analysis of the number of employees who went from high risk to low risk demonstrated a significantly reduced risk of hypercholesterolemia, cholesterol total/high-density lipoprotein ration, and obesity (average significant chi 2 = 9.3, P < or = .05). It was concluded that participation in MWHPPs can significantly reduce several major cardiovascular risk factors. MWHPPs are relatively inexpensive compared with in-house health promotion programs and are one of the most cost-effective methods of reducing employee health risk.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia / prevention & control
  • Hypertension / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Mobile Health Units*
  • Multiphasic Screening*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Physical Fitness
  • Risk Factors
  • Southwestern United States