3060.0 Chronic disease in worksite health promotion

Monday, November 8, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The provision of effective prevention and early intervention programs to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in the workforce is a primary focus of worksite health promotion. In this presentation, the design and effectiveness of worksite-based initiatives that stimulate positive changes in employees’ health-related behaviors and promote their adherence to disease management regimens will be discussed. Presenters will share worksite interventions that address cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and mental illness.
Session Objectives: 1. Outline strategies for modifying eating behaviors and physical activity levels of employees. 2. Describe the complex role of employers in addressing employees’ mental health issues. 3. Discuss the efficacy of a worksite wellness program provided in a public school setting. 4. Describe lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of a worksite blood pressure control program for small, rural manufacturing worksites. 5. Identify evidence-based chronic disease prevention best practices for the workplace in the areas of insurance benefits, worksite policies, programs, and health-promoting communications.

Employers' role in the early intervention of mental illness
Anita Ruff, MPH, CHES, Thomas Downing, MBA and William McFarlane, MD
FUEL Your Life: Results from a worksite diabetes prevention program
Mark G. Wilson, HSD, David M. DeJoy, PhD, Heather M. (Bowen) Padilla, MS, RD, LD, Marsha Davis, PhD, Bethany H. Bynum and Robert J. Vandenberg, PhD
American Cancer Society Workplace Solutions: A randomized controlled trial testing a workplace health promotion intervention in mid-sized companies in low-wage industries
Peggy A. Hannon, PhD, MPH, Jeffrey R. Harris, MD MPH MBA, Carrie J. Sopher, MPH, Alan Kuniyuki, MS, Diane P. Martin, MA, PhD, Shelly Henderson, CHES, Denise Albano, MPH, Donetta Ghosh, MA and John Craft, MBA

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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)