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The Impact of Health Risk Awareness on Employee Risk Levels

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Objectives : To determine the accuracy of employee self-reported health data and to assess health-risk changes after participation in a workplace health awareness and promotion program.

Methods : Comparative analysis of self-reported and objective health data from 5403 individuals who completed health screenings at 2 time-points.

Results : At baseline, 45.5 of participants were higher risk, and 47.4 underreported 3 or more risk measures. At second screening, the population improved in overall risk and in 5 of 7 risk measures (P < 0.0001), and the underreporting group improved more dramatically than the total population.

Conclusions : Workplace health promotion programs founded on objective health metrics can motivate employee health-risk reduction.

Keywords: chronic disease; employer health costs; health promotion; health status indicators; risk management

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Principal Investigator of Health Outcomes Research, Franklin, TN.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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