Ickes, Melinda; Sharma, Manoj
September 2009
American Journal of Health Studies;2009, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p343
Academic Journal
Obesity is a major public health problem with one of the at-risk groups identified as employees at worksites. Behavioral and environmental influences have played the largest role in the contribution to obesity, and have been stressed to be the greatest areas for prevention efforts. Benefits of worksite wellness programs include cost containment, reduced absenteeism, higher productivity, reduced injuries, decline in worker's compensation/disability, increased employee morale, loyalty and sense of self responsibility. The article presents ten practical steps to implementing a worksite health promotion program, and gives examples related to obesity prevention. Some of the salient lessons for obesity prevention programs in worksite settings include using a participatory approach, using theory, having comprehensive and integrated programs, including one-on-one outreach and motivation and incorporating "challenge" activities.


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