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Employer Wellness Programs—A Work in Progress

Employer Wellness Programs—A Work in Progress Opinion EDITORIAL Jean Marie Abraham, PhD Approximately 4 of 5 large US employers offer a wellness pro- evaluated the health, economic, and employment effects of a gram as part of their employees’ health benefits. Workplace multicomponent wellness program offered by a large ware- wellness programs include a coordinated set of activities house retail firm with more than 200 worksites in the eastern United States. The authors examined a broad set of out- that support employees in making changes to health behav- iors that may reduce their risk comes, including health risk assessment–based measures of for certain chronic condi- self-reported health status and health behaviors; biometric Related article page 1491 tions and enable employees screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body with existing diagnoses to manage them more effectively. Com- mass index; annual medical care spending and utilization; prehensive, multicomponent programs typically include health and employment outcomes corresponding with absenteeism, assessments and biometric screening to quantify risk factors; job tenure, and work performance. For their study design, education and coaching for lifestyle behavior modification the authors randomized 20 worksites to have access to the (eg, tobacco cessation, physical activity promotion, stress re- wellness program (n = 4037 employees), 20 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Employer Wellness Programs—A Work in Progress

JAMA , Volume 321 (15) – Apr 16, 2019

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2019 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2019.3376
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Abstract

Opinion EDITORIAL Jean Marie Abraham, PhD Approximately 4 of 5 large US employers offer a wellness pro- evaluated the health, economic, and employment effects of a gram as part of their employees’ health benefits. Workplace multicomponent wellness program offered by a large ware- wellness programs include a coordinated set of activities house retail firm with more than 200 worksites in the eastern United States. The authors examined a broad set of out- that support employees in making changes to health behav- iors that may reduce their risk comes, including health risk assessment–based measures of for certain chronic condi- self-reported health status and health behaviors; biometric Related article page 1491 tions and enable employees screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body with existing diagnoses to manage them more effectively. Com- mass index; annual medical care spending and utilization; prehensive, multicomponent programs typically include health and employment outcomes corresponding with absenteeism, assessments and biometric screening to quantify risk factors; job tenure, and work performance. For their study design, education and coaching for lifestyle behavior modification the authors randomized 20 worksites to have access to the (eg, tobacco cessation, physical activity promotion, stress re- wellness program (n = 4037 employees), 20

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 16, 2019

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