Results from the bipartisan policy center's CEO council physical activity challenge to American business

Jeff Berko, Ron Z. Goetzel, Enid Chung Roemer, Karen Kent, Janet Marchibroda

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to describe findings from a survey of employees at 10 businesses participating in the ''Building Better Health: Physical Activity Challenge,'' an effort led by the Bipartisan Policy Center's CEO Council on Health and Innovation. Methods: Employers provided employees with pedometers as part of an 8-week Physical Activity Challenge (Challenge). Employees were then asked to complete a survey about their awareness of, participation in, and satisfaction with the Challenge. Results: One hundred three thousand three hundred eighty-three employees participated in the Challenge, averaging 6886 steps per day per participant. Of the 3820 respondents to an employee survey sent to all workers, 62% reported enrolling in the program, and of those, the majority reported positive impacts on health (76%), fitness (73%), and lifestyle (70%). Conclusion: A brief, workplacebased physical activity challenge can achieve positive self-reported health impacts when supported by senior management of the company.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1244
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume58
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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