A Case Study Evaluation of Department of Finance Employees that Participated in a Health Risk Assessment: Identification of Positive Lifestyle Changes

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Wood, Megan
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Employers may benefit from investing in employee wellness through reductions in employee health care costs, improved productivity of healthy workers, and fewer missed days (Baicker et al., 2010). The workplace may therefore be a good environment for health initiatives (Linnan et al., 2008). A health risk assessment (HRA) is an example of a health initiative that is used to assess personal health habits and risk factors, to quantite mortality risk, and to provide education and/or recommendations to improve health (DeFriese & Fielding, 1990, and Connell et al., 1995). The Department of Finance of the Nova Scotia Government has implemented a Healthy Workplace (HWP) Program, and as part of this, held 2 HRAs from 2007-2010. This study will provide the Department of Finance with an assessment of the impact of the 2007 and 2010 HRAs, and the effectiveness of other HWP initiatives held in the Department. It will act as a needs assessment for future HWP initiatives and help fulfill the goals outlined in the Department of Finance’s HWP Business Plan 2008-2014. It may also provide information to other government departments and other employers.
Nova Scotia , Department of Finance , Health Risk Assessment , Employee Health Promotion