5128.0 Successes in Worksite Health Promotion

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM
This nation's obesity epidemic poses cost-related challenges to employers. Improved employee health is associated with improved productivity and decreased health care costs 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: At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1. Identify effective worksite obesity prevention and control strategies. 2. Describe corporate motivators, barriers and strategies for implementing and sustaining worksite obesity prevention programs.

10:45 AM
American Cancer Society Research Study and Programs for Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors
Heather Adams, MSW, K. Joanne Pike, MA, LPC, Di H. Cross, BSE and Youngmee Kim, PhD
11:00 AM
Second-year results of an obesity prevention program at The Dow Chemical Company
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Xiaofei Pei, PhD, Meghan Short, MPH, Enid C. Roemer, PhD and Mark G. Wilson, HSD
11:15 AM
Effects of Environmental Interventions on Obesity Prevention and Absenteeism in a Large U.S. Company
Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Jennie Dalton Bowen, MPH, Teresa B. Gibson, PhD, Bong-Chul Chu, PhD, Xiaofei Pei, PhD, Meghan Short, MPH, Maryam J. Tabrizi, MS, CHES and Mark Wilson, HSD
11:30 AM
Lessons learned from a worksite environmental obesity prevention intervention
Heather M. (Bowen) Padilla, MS, RD, LD, David M. DeJoy, PhD, Mark G. Wilson, HSD, Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Enid C. Roemer, PhD and Ronald J. Ozminkowski, PhD

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)