273924 Promoting Worksite Wellness by Use of Point-of-Decision Prompts in Community-Based Organizations in Northwest Detroit, Michigan

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Pamela Johnson, BA , Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Jennifer Hurt, LLMSW , Program Coordinator, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Background: Diabetes affects 1.65 million Michigan residents and in NW Detroit, where 82.7% of the population is African American, 14% of the residents have diabetes. The breeding ground for diabetes is obesity, physical inactivity and poor dietary choices. In NW Detroit, 38% of adults are obese, over half of the residents do not get adequate physical activity and nearly 80% lack a balanced fruit and vegetable diet. Methods: Worksite wellness plans were developed for three community-based organizations, ranging from 50 to 1000 total employees, in NW Detroit to impact employee health. In accordance with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's Strategic Plan (2011-2015), a partnership was formed with Detroit Communities Against Diabetes, a community-based coalition, to identify organizations to partner with. The wellness plans consist of point-of-decision prompts, which are motivational signs encouraging healthy eating choices and exercise. Pictures of the prompts displayed in the recommended areas of the worksite will be taken as evidence the organization is implementing the wellness plan. Results: Preliminary findings will be assessed in late September 2012 to determine the effectiveness of the prompts within each organization. Finalized results will be presented at this conference. Discussion: This presentation will (1) highlight the steps taken to establish partnerships with community worksites in Detroit, (2) outline the process by which wellness plans were introduced, and (3) the current state of success or failure of these plans. Funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-Related Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the effectiveness of the worksite wellness plans implemented in NW Detroit. Identify the tactics used to encourage healthy eating practices in the workplace.

Keywords: Worksite, Adult Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in CBPR for over a year and I am the primary developer of the worksite wellness plans for the National Kidney Foundation of MI for the fulfilment of their CDC grant. I have also worked to form partnerships in Detroit and presented the wellness plans to each of the organizations.
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.