This study addressed four questions:
· What are the characteristics and prevalence of current worksite wellness programs?
· What is the evidence for program impact?
· What is the role of incentives under wellness programs?
· What are key facilitators of successful wellness programs?
About half of all employers offer wellness promotion initiatives, with large employers being more likely to do so; uptake of worksite wellness programs has been limited; of those employers with over 50 employees that offer worksite wellness programs, and over two-thirds are using financial incentives to encourage uptake. Key characteristics of successful programs include: effective communication strategies, the opportunity for employees to participate, engaged leadership at all levels, use of existing resources, and relationships and continuous evaluation.
Report Title: Workplace Wellness Programs Study
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Joelle Robinson, 202-205-8841
Record ID: 9640