Worksite Wellness Program
The American Cancer Society, www.americancancersociety.com
has created an Active for Life work site wellness program that encourages employees to be physically active. A recent study from Pub Med reports this program was offered to 3624 employees at Group Health in Seattle, Washington. 1167 employees enrolled in the program. 565 completed all three parts. The results: at 10 weeks, all physical activity measures meeting the guidelines of the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention for physical activity increased from 34% to 48% (P < .01). At the 6-month follow-up, the frequency of exercising enough to work up a sweat (P < .01) remained significantly increased, but other measures of physical activity declined toward baseline.
The interpretation of this study shows that a 10 week work site wellness program increased physical activity initially but changes were not sustained over time. This suggests that wellness programs should be extended, repeated, and/or incentivized over time. For more information or to review this article contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prev Chronic Dis. 2007 Jul;4(3):A63. Epub 2007 Jun 15.