Relationship between physical inactivity and health characteristics among participants in an employee-wellness program.

Birdee GS, Byrne DW, McGown PW, Rothman RL, Rolando LA, Holmes MC, Yarbrough MI
J Occup Environ Med. 2013 55 (5): 514-9

PMID: 23618884 · PMCID: PMC3651750 · DOI:10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827f37d7

OBJECTIVE - To characterize factors associated with physical inactivity among employees with access to workplace wellness program.

METHODS - We examined data on physical inactivity, defined as exercise less than once a week, from the 2010 health risk assessment completed by employees at a major academic institution (N = 16,976).

RESULTS - Among employees, 18% of individuals reported physical activity less than once a week. Individuals who were physically inactive as compared with physically active reported higher prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 1.36 [1.23 to 1.51]), fair or poor health status (AOR, 3.52 [2.97 to 4.17]), and absenteeism from work (AOR, 1.59 [1.41 to 1.79]). Overall, physically inactive employees as compared with physically active employees reported more interest in health education programs.

CONCLUSION - Future research is needed to address barriers to physical inactivity to improve employee wellness and potentially lower health utility costs.

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Absenteeism Adolescent Adult Age Factors Attitude to Health Cardiovascular Diseases Community Participation Female Health Behavior Health Promotion Health Status Humans Male Middle Aged Motor Activity Obesity Occupational Health Sedentary Behavior Sex Factors Surveys and Questionnaires Young Adult

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