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Wednesday, April 22 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
A Collaborative Model for Sustainable Worksite Wellness in Small Businesses

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Worksite wellness programs are becoming increasingly more popular and improving overall health, worksite productivity, and satisfaction among employees. While evidence of the benefits is mounting, a shortage of programs exists, especially in small businesses. Due to a smaller staff size, low funds, and ability to execute and assess programs, many small businesses are reluctant to adopt a worksite wellness program. The purpose of the current study was to develop and assess a worksite wellness program in a small business that partnered university faculty and students with a health promotion center. At a local non-profit association, a member of the NCCHW conducted a needs assessment and worked with policy-makers at the non-profit to implement health promotion policies. In addition, a team of Health and Wellness faculty and students conducted pre-assessments on health-related factors (Including height, weight, trunk flexibility, three minute step-tests, blood pressure, grip strength, and body fat percentage from a Tanita scale) on 43 employees showing the majority of employees in the moderate risk category. All employees enrolled in the intervention received a Pepple Fitkik activity tracker and information sessions on chronic disease management. Participants at moderate risk for CHD received one meeting with a health coach, while participants at high risk were offered four meetings with a health coach and a medical counseling session with Pharmacy department staff. A 3-month follow-up analysis will be conducted in April to determine the efficacy of the program. Employees will be asked to complete surveys based their feelings about the program, as well as repeat of all health assessments completed at baseline. Results on these measures will be available in May. If successful, this program can be tailored to other small businesses in Western North Carolina to improve employee heath and satisfaction.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 3:40pm - 4:00pm PDT
410 Wilma Sherrill Center

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