Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs

Ronnie Goetzel, Niranjana Kowlessar, Enid Roemer, Xiaofei Pei, Maryam Tabrizi, Rivka C. Liss-Levinson, Daniel Samoly, Jessica Waddell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter describes obesity-prevention programs in the workplace. Many employers have dropped health-insurance coverage for their workers. Employees' poor health imposes an extra cost burden on employers, who have a strong incentive for keeping their workers healthy and fit. Many more health-promotion interventions are possible in a closed system such as the workplace, where greater effect on behavior and the environment is possible. Leadership support becomes increasingly important as programs seek to modify the workplace environment and mobilize social influence factors. In general, the data indicate that within closed systems such as employer settings, where employers control program investments in health and tightly control intervention costs, workplace programs may not only be health beneficial, but also cost beneficial. Recommendations are offered to federal, state, and local policy makers as actions they can take to encourage increased adoption of evidence-based workplace health-promotion and obesity-management programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199940684, 9780199736362
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Employees
  • Employers
  • Health insurance
  • Obesity
  • Workplace programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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