Personalized and individual workplace wellness programs promote fruit and vegetable consumption and weight loss
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Dr. Carolyn Gotay and colleagues have published an article on the effects of worksite wellness interventions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and weight loss.
In their study, the impact of three different worksite approaches to healthy behavior change—a personalized individual intervention, a comprehensive program using environmental and social support, and both approaches combined—were examined.
680 individuals at three educational institutions in BC participated in a year-long intervention.
Dr. Gotay and colleagues found that significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption were seen in the individual and combined conditions, with the greatest increase in the individual condition.
The researchers conclude that the superiority of the individual intervention implies that for well-defined and concrete outcomes, a clear, consistent, and frequently repeated message has the most impact.
Working Canadians spend on average almost half of their waking hours—more than 36 hours from Monday to Friday—on work activities. As such, work sites represent a prime target for programs aimed at health promotion and disease prevention.
Workplace wellness programs provide a platform for broad participation, especially when initiatives take place during the workday, are provided on-site, and involve stable populations of workers. They also have the benefits of building on intact social networks, in-place communication systems and events, and existing facilities and professional resources.
This study was funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.