Health behaviors of employees
Working insured adults are not meeting recommendations for health behaviors. This finding is based on a study I conducted with colleagues at the University of Washington using CDC data collected from 140,000 survey respondents. Adopting workplace health promotion programs such as tobacco cessation, weight management and clinical preventive services are one way that employers can positively affect employee health as well as lessen their financial burden from health care costs.
Articles I’ve written on this topic:
Hughes, Girolami, Cheadle, Harris, Patrick. A Lifestyle-based Weight Management Program Delivered to Employees: Examination of Health and Economic Outcomes. J Occup Environ Med., 2007 Nov:49(11):1212-7.
Borer, Cornelissen, Halberg, Hughes. Health impact of training intensity in older individuals. Kinesiology., 2003 Nov:35: 210-18.
Hughes. Using Clinical Decision Support to Improve Health and Achieve Cost Savings. White Paper., 2009.
Incorporate Fitness Into Your Workday – Always Active Athletics
Health Behavior Changes That Make ‘Cents’ – Officevibe
Motivate Yourself to Exercise – SuccessStory
Working women and wellness
My Letter to the Editor in the Nov. 2011 issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine asks whether we are targeting women enough in workplace wellness. Women comprise nearly half the workforce and have unique needs when it comes to health behaviors, access to preventive services and effective incentives. There is also a “trickle down” effect because women make the majority of health care decisions for their families. Improving the health literacy and health behaviors of female employees can make a positive impact on the health and medical care costs of not only the employees, but their families too.