Research

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:

Peer-reviewed journals

Hughes, Hannon, JR, DL. Health Behaviors of Employed and Insured Adults in the United States, 2004-05. Am J Health Promot. 2010 May-Jun;24(5):315-23.

Hughes, Patrick, Hannon, Harris, Ghosh. Understanding the Decision-making Process for Health Promotion Programming at Small to Mid-size Businesses. Health Promot Pract. 2011 Jul;12(4):512-21.

Hughes, Yette, Hannon, Harris, Tran, Reid. Promoting Tobacco Cessation via the Workplace: Opportunities for Improvement. Tobacco Control. 2011 Jul;20(4):305-8.

Hughes. Are we focusing enough workplace wellness efforts on female workers? J Occup Environ Med., 2011 Nov:53(11):1213-4.

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.

White Paper

Hughes. Using Clinical Decision Support to Improve Health and Achieve Cost Savings. White Paper., 2009.

Recent Online

Incorporate Fitness Into Your Workday – Always Active Athletics

Health Behavior Changes That Make ‘Cents’ – Officevibe

Maintenance: The Holy Grail of Health Behavior Change & Improve Your Health Literacy – Women of HR

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.

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