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Document ID (ISN)108437
CIS number 08-841
ISSN - Serial title 0029-7909 - Occupational Hazards
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Walter L.
Title Worthington puts wellness to work
Bibliographic information Apr. 2008, p.22-28. Illus.
Abstract This article describes the wellness promotion efforts of a steel processing enterprise employing around 8000 workers at 68 sites within the United States and in 10 other countries. At their headquarters, the company operates a gym, a medical centre and a pharmacy. It offers a choice of health care plan options and the chance to participate in a voluntary wellness programme. Employees who voluntarily participate in the programme first undergo a health screening. Participation involves monetary benefits in health insurance costs. Moderate and high-risk employees must acquire two points per quarter to maintain their presence in the programme. To earn points, participants can choose from a variety of options, such as completing an online healthy living programme, participating in the company wellness challenge or joining a weight management or smoking cessation programme. The company employs a dietician, who is on hand to help employees evaluate their food choices, convert recipes into healthier versions and promote smoking cessation. Two full-time personal trainers at the company's fitness facilities help employees develop exercise plans. Other features of the programme are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; plant health organization; metalworking industry; USA; health programmes
Descriptors (secondary) welfare facilities; physical fitness programmes; smoking; state of health; nutrition; workers' participation; personal hygiene; economic aspects; medical supervision; medical examinations; obesity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Workplace health promotion
Physical fitness programmes
Metalworking industry
Occupational health services
Workers' participation
Nutrition