OBJECTIVE: To describe the development, reliability, and validity of the Environmental Assessment Tool (EAT) for assessing worksite physical and social environmental support for obesity prevention. METHODS: The EAT was developed using a multistep process. Inter-rater reliability was estimated via Kappa and other measures. Concurrent and predictive validity were estimated using site-level correlations and person-level multiple regression analyses comparing EAT scores and employee absenteeism and health care expenditures. RESULTS: Results show high inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity for many measures and predictive validity for absenteeism expenditures. CONCLUSIONS: The primary use of the EAT is as a physical and social environment assessment tool for worksite obesity prevention efforts. It can be used as a reliable and valid means to estimate relationships between environmental interventions and absenteeism and medical expenditures, provided those expenditures are for the same year that the EAT is administered.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|State||Published - Feb 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health