Under a new wellness program in western New York begun in 2005, each employer developed a wellness program tailored to the needs of its employees such as nutrition education, physical-activity promotion, weight management and stress reduction.
Employees were encouraged to complete confidential individual health surveys and receive a baseline personal health-risk assessment.
Only two work sites received scores of 60 percent or above on their environmental health assessments. A comparison of these employers with the lower-scoring companies, based on their aggregate employee health assessments, showed that fewer employees of the higher-scoring companies were overweight or obese.
They also had a lower body mass index and reported fewer days lost to illness, and more employees reported exercising three or more times a week.