262426 Promoting Worksite Wellness and Performance through Practicing Yan Xin Qigong (YXQG) An Evidence-Based Study

Monday, October 29, 2012

Xin Yan, MD , The Chongqing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chongqing, China
Hua Shen , New Medical Science Research Institute, New York, NY
Yuhong Yang, PhD , School of Statistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Mengguang Wang, PhD , Powertech Labs Inc., British Columbia, Canada
Peihua Ni, MS , New England Traditional Chinese Medical & Health Culture Study Institute, Avon, CT
Chunling Lu, PhD , Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Introduction: Yan Xin Qigong (YXQG) was recommended to the public as a safe and effective wellness-promotion method by agencies of the Chinese government in1990s. Previous laboratory studies on YXQG at the cellular and molecular levels have provided evidence that suggests possible health effects of YXQG. Methods: Using survey data collected among YXQG practitioners in enterprises at 12 locations in North American and Taiwan, we apply quantitative methods to investigate the effects of practicing YXGQ on wellness and work performance of the 318 survey participants. The survey collected self-reported information on participants' wellness and productivity before and after practicing YXQG. These variables include number of sick leave days, interests in assigned work, ability to concentrate, stress level, work efficiency, after-work activities, sleep quality, diet, etc. It also provided self-reported description of their socio-demographic characteristics and YXQG practice. Through regression analysis, we investigate if and how the worksite wellness related indicators changed after practicing YXQG for those participants. Results: Preliminary analysis shows that the participants in enterprises improved their wellness indicators such as stress level, concentration, sleep quality, number of sick days, and ability to work long hours after practicing YXQG. Effects of demographic and YXQG practice variables are also seen in the final regression models.

Conclusion: For the survey participants, practicing YXQG was positively associated with improvements in worksite wellness and performance.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
(1) To demonstrate the effect of YXQG on promoting wellness and productivity in worksite. (2) To analyze the effects of socioeconomic factors on worksite wellness and productivity.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Occupational Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I contributed to the research.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.