A recent study from the University of North Carolina shows that nearly half of U.S. employers offer workplace health promotion programs.
Is your company one of those?
Safety+Health reports that researchers sampled more than 2,800 employers with at least 10 workers for the 2017 Workplace Health in America Survey – the most recent national survey of workplace health promotion programs in 13 years.
They assessed employer-based health promotion programs – focused on nutrition, stress, physical activity, alcohol and substance abuse, and sleep.
Other topics include:
- Health screenings;
- Disease management;
- The use of incentives to encourage participation and health changes,
- Work-life policies;
- Implementation barriers; and
- Occupational safety and health.
Results showed that 46.1% of the employers had some type of workplace health promotion program, up from 44.7% in 2004.
Additionally, employers with a comprehensive program – defined as one that includes supportive social and physical environments, linkages to related programs, health education, health screenings with appropriate follow-up and education, and integration of the programs into an organization’s structure – jumped to 17.1% from 6.9% among organizations with 50 or more employees.
The employers most likely to have a comprehensive program had at least one person responsible for the program (72.2%), a budget (64.4%) and several years’ experience with a health promotion program (89.9% had a program for at least one year).
The survey also found, among others, that:
- Almost 30% of employers offered some type of program to address physical activity, fitness or sedentary behavior; and
- About 17% offered a program addressing obesity or weight management.