Health Screenings Among Most Popular Workplace Wellness Programs,
Health screenings are among
the best-attended wellness programs, according to the results of an
exclusive workplace wellness management survey conducted by Wellness
Program Management Advisor and Wellness Junction.
The study is the first of a
series of ongoing surveys that will be conducted throughout the year by
the newsletter and Web site staff.
Twenty-eight percent of the
respondents said health screenings attracted the most employee
participation at their places of business, the survey found. The health
screenings covered a variety of wellness subjects and health concerns,
including the following, according to the survey:
- Breast cancer
- Cholesterol testing/lipid
- Blood pressure screenings.
- Bone density/osteoporosis
- Diabetes testing.
- Cardiac health screenings.
- Glucose screenings.
Several respondents said the
health screening programs offered at their work sites attracted more
than 70 percent of the respective employee populations.
Relaxation and stress
management programs also ranked high among employee participants, the
study discovered; approximately 15 percent of the respondents said
programs of this nature were among the best-attended offered by their
Simplify Your Life
and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs were
among the most popular stress management programs, respondents said.
(Editor’s Note: Please refer to the May 2002 issue of this
newsletter for information on MBSR.)
Although massage therapy,
yoga, Tai Chi and other relaxation exercise programs also were included
in the general fitness category by many respondents, others listed them
as part of stress management program efforts, according to the
Employees showed great
interest in various types of nutrition and exercise programs, according
to the survey.
Nine percent of the
respondents said walking was the most popular employee wellness
activity. Seven percent of the respondents said any variety of exercise
program attracts sizeable employee participation, while 5 percent said
the use of onsite fitness centers is the biggest draw.
Weight loss and weight
management programs, especially those that focus on exercise and
nutrition, were cited by approximately 7 percent of the respondents.
Nutrition programs that offered healthy cooking techniques also gained
popularity among employees, the study reported.
Fairs, Seminars And Counseling Sessions
Eight percent of the
respondents said health fairs were among their companies’
best-attended wellness programs. Health fairs that focused on a general
variety of subjects attracted more attendees than gatherings that
concentrated on more specialized issues, such as diabetes detection and
management, according to the findings.
health fairs and seminars, such as those dealing with coronary health
and rehabilitation, and sessions on coping with change in the workplace
were among the best-attended programs cited by approximately 2 percent
of the respondents, the study determined.
sessions that focused on personal issues; general assessment programs;
parenting classes; health risk assessments (general); programs on
alternative medicine and holistic approaches; eye surgery options; and
immunization clinics were listed as well-attended programs by
approximately 13 percent of the respondents.
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