The relationship between workplace environment and employee health behaviors in a South African workforce

Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Michael Greyling, Roseanne Da Silva, Karen Milner, Deepak Patel, Lauren Wyper, Meghan Beckowski, Estelle V. Lambert, Ron Goetzel

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Abstract

Methods: Employers (n = 71) and employees (n = 11472) participated in the South African Healthy Company Index survey. The survey included self-reported clinical measures and lifestyle behaviors. Afacility scorewas calculated, ranging from 0 to 100. Hierarchical linear models were used to calculate the relationship between facility scores and whether employees met PA and NUT guidelines.

Objective: To determine the relationship between the availability of wellness facilities at worksites and self-reported employee health behaviors (physical activity [PA] and nutrition.

Results: The mean total facility score was 58.5 ± 25.5. The number of facilities at each worksite accounted for 5.4% of the variance in PA among employees (r = 0.054; P = 0.036). Higher facility scores were associated with better NUT habits among employees.

Conclusions: Employers providing wellness facilities are likely to have employees with better PA and NUT habits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1099
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume56
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 8 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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