5133.0 Worksite Health Promotion Efforts to Combat Obesity

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 10:30 AM
Annual costs of overweight and obesity to US employers is estimated to be as high as $117 billion in medical care and lost productivity. Healthy People 2010 goals emphasize the worksite as an important setting for introducing environmental changes aimed at reducing the incidence of obesity. To help employers respond to this epidemic, these sessions identify promising worksite strategies for obesity prevention and control. A growing body of literature supports the effectiveness of individually focused worksite health promotion programs in reducing workers' health risk factors, including overweight and obesity. There is increased interest in studying environmental interventions that support individual change efforts through the creation of more supportive environments.
Session Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to identify effective worksite obesity prevention and control strategies. 2. Participants will be able to describe corporate motivators, barriers and strategies for implementing and sustaining worksite obesity prevention programs.
Jeffrey S. Hallam, PhD, CHES

10:30 AM
Obesity prevention and control in the worksite: What works?
Marilyn C. Batan, MPH, W. Roodly Archer, PhD, Leigh Ramsey Buchanan, PhD, Robin E. Soler, PhD, David Ramsey, MPH, CHES and Michele Reyes, PhD
11:00 AM
Use of an environmental assessment tool to measure organizational physical and social support for worksite obesity prevention programs
David M. DeJoy, PhD, Mark G. Wilson, HSD, Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Ronald J. Ozminkowski, PhD, Kristin M. Baker, MPH, Heather M. Bowen, MS, RD, LD, Joanne Christaldi, MS, RD, LD and Shaohung Wang, PhD
11:30 AM
First year results of an environmental intervention aimed at reducing overweight and obesity and the workplace
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Mark G. Wilson, HSD, Kristin M. Baker, MPH, David M. DeJoy, PhD, Meghan Short, MPH, Shaohung Wang, PhD, Jennie Dalton Bowen, MPH, Ronald J. Ozminkowski, PhD and Enid C. Roemer, PhD

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing