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Development and Impact of a Worksite Wellness Champions Program

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Objectives: Wellness champions have potential to be a high-reach, low-cost intervention for improving employee health, but research is needed to support this premise. Therefore, this project assessed the impact of a worksite wellness champions program at a large integrated healthcare organization. Methods: A total of 2315 employees responded (56% response rate) to a survey. Results: Program participants (N = 666) were more likely to agree that the organization provides a supportive environment to live a healthy lifestyle (82.7% vs 69.4%, p < .001), more likely to agree co-workers support one another in practicing a healthy lifestyle (76.8% vs 53.7%, p < .001), and to rate their overall health and wellness higher (p < .005) compared to those not familiar with the wellness champions program (N = 675). Conclusions: Employees participating in wellness champion activities have increased their awareness of wellness opportunities, feel supported for having a healthy lifestyle, and rate their perceived health and wellness higher.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Lead Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN;, Email: [email protected] 2: Professor and Consultant, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 3: Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 4: Senior Health Services Analyst, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 5: Professor and Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 6: Statistician, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 7: Director, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 8: Medical Director, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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