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Workplace health promotion: what public-sector employees want, need, and are ready to change


Kilpatrick, ML and Sanderson, K and Blizzard, L and Nelson, M and Frendin, S and Teale, B and Venn, A, Workplace health promotion: what public-sector employees want, need, and are ready to change, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56, (6) pp. 645-651. ISSN 1076-2752 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000161


OBJECTIVE: To examine whether employees selected appropriate health change targets (HCTs) compared with self-reported lifestyle factors (smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity [PA], sedentariness, weight status, and psychological distress) and readiness to change their HCT. METHODS: Cross-sectional data of 3367 state-government employees from Tasmania, Australia, were collected in 2010. RESULTS: Overall, respondents chose HCTs relevant to their health behaviors. The most frequently selected HCTs were PA, diet, and weight. The majority was in the "action" stage for their HCT, except for those nominating smoking cessation, changes to work characteristics, and moderating alcohol intake. CONCLUSIONS: Employee perceptions of their own health needs broadly corresponded to their health-related behaviors, weight status, and stress. Workplace health facilitators should be prepared for variable uptake on smoking cessation programs. Physical activity interventions are likely well received, irrespective of risk-related lifestyle factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, ML (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Nelson, M (Professor Mark Nelson)
UTAS Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
ID Code:92714
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-06-25
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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