Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952576 | Print ISBN: 9780761923602 | Online ISBN: 9781412952576| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Worksite Health Promotion
Glorian Sorensen & Mary Kay Hunt
Worksite health promotion includes programs, policies, and other initiatives based in worksites aimed at the promotion of workers' health. As such, worksite health promotion may include efforts to (a) reduce risk-related behaviors, such as tobacco use, unhealthy dietary patterns, physical inactivity, or sun exposure; (b) reduce risk-related exposures at work, such as to environmental tobacco smoke, occupational hazards, or job stressors; and (c) increase utilization of screening for early detection of disease, including, for example, screening for high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or mammography or Pap screening. Worksites are an important channel for influencing the health of a large proportion of the adult population. Since the 1980s, the number of organizations offering worksite health promotion programs has grown rapidly. In 1999, approximately 90% of companies employing at least 50 workers reported offering at least one health promotion program for their employees in the last 12 months. Worksite health promotion ...