The Relationship Between Workplace Environment and Employee Health Behaviors in a South African Workforce

Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy, Greyling, Michael, da Silva, Roseanne, Milner, Karen, Patel, Deepak, Wyper, Lauren, Beckowski, Meghan, Lambert, Estelle V. and Goetzel, Ron (2014) The Relationship Between Workplace Environment and Employee Health Behaviors in a South African Workforce. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56 10: 1094-1099. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000236


Author Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy
Greyling, Michael
da Silva, Roseanne
Milner, Karen
Patel, Deepak
Wyper, Lauren
Beckowski, Meghan
Lambert, Estelle V.
Goetzel, Ron
Title The Relationship Between Workplace Environment and Employee Health Behaviors in a South African Workforce
Journal name Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1076-2752
1536-5948
Publication date 2014-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000236
Open Access Status
Volume 56
Issue 10
Start page 1094
End page 1099
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To determine the relationship between the availability of wellness facilities at worksites and self-reported employee health behaviors (physical activity [PA] and nutrition [NUT]).

Methods: Employers (n = 71) and employees (n = 11472) participated in the South African Healthy Company Index survey. The survey included self-reported clinical measures and lifestyle behaviors. A facility score was calculated, ranging from 0 to 100. Hierarchical linear models were used to calculate the relationship between facility scores and whether employees met PA and NUT guidelines.

Results: The mean total facility score was 58.5 ± 25.5. The number of facilities at each worksite accounted for 5.4% of the variance in PA among employees (r = 0.054; P = 0.036). Higher facility scores were associated with better NUT habits among
employees.

Conclusions: Employers providing wellness facilities are likely to have employees with better PA and NUT habits.
Keyword Physical-Activity
Obesity Prevention
Social Support
Program
Disease
Interventions
Workers
Adults
Risks
Association
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 2 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 2 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 07 Dec 2014, 00:25:17 EST by System User on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences