Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
Behavioral Medicine | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Policy | Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion | Work, Economy and Organizations
In an effort to improve health and business outcomes, workplaces are supplementing traditional physical activity programs focused on individual behavior change with policies designed to change workplace culture. However, confusion exists about how to define workplace policies. In practice, worksites implement programs, benefit designs, and environmental strategies and describe these as policies. The purpose of this essay is to provide a definition for worksite policy and discuss how policy approaches can support employers’ efforts to promote physical activity. We also describe worksite physical activity policies that employers can adopt and implement.
physical activity, exercise, employers, workplaces, workplace culture, policy
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DOI of Published Version
Prev Chronic Dis. 2019 Jun 27;16:E84. doi: 10.5888/pcd16.190075. Link to article on publisher's site
Preventing chronic disease
Ablah E, Lemon SC, Pronk NP, Wojcik JR, Mukhtar Q, Grossmeier J, Pollack KM, Whitsel LP. (2019). Opportunities for Employers to Support Physical Activity Through Policy. UMass Worcester PRC Publications. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd16.190075. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/prc_pubs/124
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