alexa Making healthy behaviors the easy choice for employees: a review of the literature on environmental and policy changes in worksite health promotion.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): KahnMarshall JL, Gallant MP

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Abstract As employers look for ways to reduce rising health care costs, worksite health promotion interventions are increasingly being used to improve employee health behaviors. An alternative approach to traditional worksite health promotion programs is the implementation of environmental and/or policy changes to encourage employees to adopt healthier behaviors. This review examines the evidence for the effectiveness of worksite health promotion programs using environmental and/or policy changes either alone or in combination with individually focused health behavior change strategies. A review of the relevant literature, published between 1995 and 2010, identified 27 studies that met all inclusion criteria. Limited evidence was found for the effectiveness of environmental and/or policy changes alone (n = 11) to change employee behavior, but more promising results were identified with multicomponent interventions (n = 16). There is a strong need for improvement in the design and evaluation of future health promotion programs focusing solely on environmental and/or policy changes at the worksite. This article was published in Health Educ Behav and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

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