Interventions to increase workplace wellness: Be Well at Work

Poor diet, physical inactivity, and obesity are leading causes of death from chronic disease, including cancer. These unhealthy behaviours have risen precipitously over the past decade, representing a public health epidemic. The workplace is a key location to encourage healthy practices and to reduce cancer risk. In 2004, Health Canada reported that 67% of adults spend more than 60% of their time at the worksite. The “Interventions to increase workplace wellness” project evaluated the effectiveness of three workplace wellness strategies to decrease employees’ cancer risk. Participants were encouraged to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, boost physical activity, and maintain a healthy body weight. On March 4, 2014, the Cancer Prevention Centre hosted a one-day workshop, “Wellness @ work: Incorporating health promotion into the workplace,” to discuss the findings of this study. Approximately 110 participants attended, who represented non-profit organizations, policy-makers, researchers, and individuals working in workplace wellness and health promotion. The workshop was funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, with additional support from the Cancer Prevention Centre. Materials from the workshop are available below. 

Personnel

Principal investigator: Carolyn Gotay, PhD

Co-investigator: Kitty Corbett, PhD; Ben Amick, PhD; Sharon Storoschuck, MPH

Consultants: Joan Bottorff, PhD, RN; Glorian Sorensen, PhD; Barbara Sternfeld, PhD

Staff: Melody Monro, MPA; Hui Shen, PhD; Sue MacPhail

Project Funding

Canadian Cancer Society, Grant #21032 

Project Period

2010 – 2014

Presentations

Gotay, C., Corbett, K., (2014, March). Be Well @ Work: A research study in BC worksites. Presented at the Wellness @ Work: Incorporating Health Promotion into the Workplace workshop, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Monro, M., Amick, B., Bottorff, J.L., Corbett, K., Shen, H., Storoschuk, S., Gotay, C. (2014, January). Be Well at Work: Interaction effects of gender and intervention in a randomized study of cancer prevention programs in the workplace. Poster presented at Semiahmoo 2014, the Annual Occupational, Environmental and Public Health Conference, Blaine, Washington.

Monro, M., Amick, B., Bottorf, J., Corbett, K., Shen, H., Storoschuk, S., Gotay, C. (2014, January). Be Well at Work: A randomized study of innovatie workplace cancer prevention interventions. Poster presented at Semiahmoo 2014, the Annual Occupational, Environmental and Public Health Conference, Blaine, Washington.

Gotay, C. (2014, January). Lessons learned from a randomized study of workplace health promotion. Presented as part of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention’s Research Series, University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, Kelowna, British Columbia.

Monro, M., Amick, B., Bottorff, J.L., Corbett, K., Shen, H., Storoschuk, S., Gotay, C. (2013, November). Be Well at Work: Interaction effects of gender and intervention in a randomized study of cancer prevention programs in the workplace. Poster presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research Annual Conference, Bethesda, Maryland.

Monro, M., Amick, B., Bottorf, J., Corbett, K., Shen, H., Storoschuk, S., Gotay, C. (2013, November). Be Well at Work: A randomized study of innovative workplace cancer prevention interventions. Poster presented at the 2013 Canadian Cancer Research Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Gotay, C. (2013, November). Be Well at Work. Presented at the University of the Fraser Valley Study Celebration, Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Gotay, C. (2013, November). Be Well at Work. Presented at Thompson Rivers University Study Celebration, Kamloops, British Columbia.

Gotay, C. (2013, February). Be Well at Work. Presented at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus Study Celebration, Kelowna, British Columbia.

Gotay, C., Amick, B., Corbett, K., Monro, M., Storoschuk, S. (2012, June). Who joins a worksite health promotion intervention? Poster presented at the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health 2012 Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.