Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs

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

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Abstract

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
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Work place
Obesity
Employers
Costs
Health
Health promotion
Workers
Closed system
Incentives
Social influence
Evidence-based
Politicians
Burden
Program management
Health insurance
Influence factors
Employees

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Goetzel, R., Kowlessar, N., Roemer, E., Pei, X., Tabrizi, M., Liss-Levinson, R. C., ... Waddell, J. (2012). Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs. In The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736362.013.0040

Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs. / Goetzel, Ronnie; Kowlessar, Niranjana; Roemer, Enid; Pei, Xiaofei; Tabrizi, Maryam; Liss-Levinson, Rivka C.; Samoly, Daniel; Waddell, Jessica.

The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Goetzel, R, Kowlessar, N, Roemer, E, Pei, X, Tabrizi, M, Liss-Levinson, RC, Samoly, D & Waddell, J 2012, Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs. in The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736362.013.0040
Goetzel R, Kowlessar N, Roemer E, Pei X, Tabrizi M, Liss-Levinson RC et al. Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs. In The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199736362.013.0040
Goetzel, Ronnie ; Kowlessar, Niranjana ; Roemer, Enid ; Pei, Xiaofei ; Tabrizi, Maryam ; Liss-Levinson, Rivka C. ; Samoly, Daniel ; Waddell, Jessica. / Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs. The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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