Health impacts of worksite wellness programs in Western New York
Hyde, Richard M.
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This work investigated the health impacts of worksite wellness programs Western New York. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of implementing a worksite wellness program and determine what if any age cohort showed the greatest health improvements. Overall, 777 participants across 10 companies that implemented 14 different types of interventions were evaluated for improvements in: self-rated health, body mass index and cholesterol. Data on each participant was collected at the inception of the program and then again two years after the intervention began. Kruskall-Wallis, Mann-Whitney, paired ‘student’s’ t-test and analysis of variance statistical tests were utilized to determine statistical differences in participant’s health before and after intervention. The main findings of this research suggested that overall the worksite wellness programs in Western New York may have slowed weight gain. The survey requirements of the program also provided some needed health education to its participants. However, limitations in the study design and health measurements are likely to have masked the effects of worksite wellness programs on changes in self rated health or cholesterol, if such effects do exist.