Title

Perceptions of worksite support and employee obesity, activity, and diet

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Date

5-10-2009

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Adult; *Diet; Female; Health Behavior; Health Promotion; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; *Motor Activity; Obesity; Occupational Health Services; *Organizational Culture; Perception; Social Environment; *Workplace

Disciplines

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine the associations of perceptions of organizational commitment to employee health and coworker physical activity and eating behaviors with body mass index (BMI), physical activity, and eating behaviors in hospital employees.

METHODS: Baseline data from 899 employees participating in a worksite weight-gain prevention trial were analyzed.

RESULTS: Greater perception of organizational commitment to employee health was associated with lower BMI. Greater perceptions of coworker healthy eating and physical activity behaviors were associated with fruit and vegetable and saturated fat consumption and physical activity, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Improving organizational commitment and facilitating supportive interpersonal environments could improve obesity control among working populations.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Am J Health Behav. 2009 May-Jun;33(3):299-308. Link to article on publisher's website

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

19063651