Baseline characteristics of workers at ten New York City employers recruited for a private-public research collaborative

Ron Z. Goetzel, Daria Luisi, Ronald J. Ozminkowski, Enid Chung Roemer, Sabira Taher

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe a public-private collaborative and present results from the administration of a baseline health risk assessment (HRA). METHODS: A custom-designed HRA was made available to 31,535 New York workers, and 5539 (17.6%) completed the survey. Data from the HRA were used to present a business case to employers urging them to support health promotion efforts at their worksites. RESULTS: Of these, 78.5% of workers in the sample reported poor eating habits, 39.9% were sedentary, and 62.2% were overweight, obese, or extremely obese; 30.4% had high or borderline-high total cholesterol levels, 24.9% reported high or borderline high blood pressure, and 16.8% reported high or borderline high blood glucose levels; tobacco use rates were relatively low (14.0%). CONCLUSION: Results represent a baseline against which future data for the study cohort will be compared to evaluate the health and financial impacts of engaging employees in workplace health promotion programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-201
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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