Participation in Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs Before and After Retirement
Abstract:Objectives: To evaluate wellness program participation before and after retirement. Methods: This retrospective cohort design compares 3 groups of employees: 1998-1999 retirees (N=6065), 1994-1995 retirees (N=5862), and 21, 176 employees who were still active as of 2002. Participation was compared over 2 time periods for high-intensity and low-intensity programs. Results: Significantly different participation rates were found among the 3 groups specific to program intensity. Participation before retirement is associated with higher participation after retirement regardless of program intensity (OR=3.8 for overall participation).Conclusions: Wellness programs can attract retirees, especially if they participated before retirement and are offered a variety of programs.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: The University of Michigan Health Management Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI. 2: General Motors Corporation, Detroit, MI. 3: International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW, Detroit, MI.
Publication date: January 1, 2006
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