Measuring changes in lipid and blood glucose values in the health and wellness program of prudential financial, Inc

Meghan E. Short, Ron Z. Goetzel, Jared S. Young, Niranjana M. Kowlessar, Rivka C. Liss-Levinson, Maryam J. Tabrizi, Enid Chung Roemer, Adriano A. Sabatelli, Keith Winick, Myrtho Montes, K. Andrew Crighton

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Objective: To determine the effect of health promotion programs of Prudential Financial, Inc on biometric measures of blood lipids and glucose. Methods: Using actual biometric and self-reported measures of blood lipids and glucose values for the employees of Prudential Financial, Inc, we examined 1) the extent to which self-reported lipid and blood glucose values correlate to laboratory data, 2) whether self-reported and measured lipid values differ for physically active and sedentary employees, and 3) whether participation in a disease management program affects employees' lipid measures. Results: We found significant differences in self-reported and measured total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein values, although these differences and those for all lipid and blood glucose values were not clinically meaningful. Supporting previous clinical studies, high-density lipoprotein values were significantly higher for fitness center users compared with sedentary employees. Finally, disease management participants showed a significant reduction in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein during a 3-year period compared with nonparticipants. Conclusions: On average, the employees of Prudential Financial, Inc were aware of and accurately reported their lipid and blood glucose levels. Results from this study support the value of evaluating corporate health promotion programs, using measured biometric outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-806
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume52
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Short, M. E., Goetzel, R. Z., Young, J. S., Kowlessar, N. M., Liss-Levinson, R. C., Tabrizi, M. J., Roemer, E. C., Sabatelli, A. A., Winick, K., Montes, M., & Crighton, K. A. (2010). Measuring changes in lipid and blood glucose values in the health and wellness program of prudential financial, Inc. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 52(8), 797-806. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181e9ee3c