Implementation of a worksite wellness program targeting small businesses: The pinnacol assurance health risk management study

Lee S. Newman, Kaylan E. Stinson, Dianne Metcalf, Hai Fang, Claire Vs Brockbank, Kimberly Jinnett, Stephen Reynolds, Margo Trotter, Roxana Witter, Liliana Tenney, Adam Atherly, Ron Z. Goetzel

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:: To assess small business adoption and need for a worksite wellness program in a longitudinal study of health risks, productivity, workers' compensation rates, and claims costs. METHODS:: Health risk assessment data from 6507 employees in 260 companies were examined. Employer and employee data are reported as frequencies, with means and standard deviations reported when applicable. RESULTS:: Of the 260 companies enrolled in the health risk management program, 71% continued more than 1 year, with 97% reporting that worker wellness improves worker safety. Of 6507 participating employees, 34.3% were overweight and 25.6% obese. Approximately one in five participants reported depression. Potentially modifiable conditions affecting 15% or more of enrollees include chronic fatigue, sleeping problems, headaches, arthritis, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension. CONCLUSIONS:: Small businesses are a suitable target for the introduction of health promotion programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 21 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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