Increasing the capacity of workplaces to address chronic disease risk factors
ISPAH ePoster Library. Shilton T. Oct 15, 2018; 225217
Trevor Shilton
Trevor Shilton
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Healthier Workplace WA (HWWA) provides free support, tools, resources and training to Western Australian workplaces with the aim to increase their capacity to address chronic disease risk factors (smoking, nutrition, alcohol, and physical activity) using a best practice health promotion approach. The paper will discuss program components and recent evaluation results from the program’s Engaged Workplaces Survey (EWS).Method: Workplace representatives were invited to complete the online EWS survey six months following their initial engagement in the program. The survey sought to assess attitudes towards workplace health and wellbeing, HWWA services accessed and what (if any) changes were made in the workplace as a result of engaging in the program. Results:<\b>
In total, 176 people responded to the EWS between June 2016 and July 2017. Results show a positive relationship between the number of HWWA services accessed and the number of changes implemented in the workplace. 64% of respondents reported that they had created a policy, 70% had made changes to their physical work environment and 57% had hosted education sessions to address smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity in the workplace. Conclusion:<\b>
HWWA’s multi-faceted approach has enabled workplaces from different industries and of varying sizes and locations to implement changes to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours. Evaluation results highlight HWWA’s success in increasing workplace capacity to implement best practice strategies including policy development, environmental change and education to address chronic disease risk factors in WA workplaces. External funding details Healthier Workplace WA is funded by the Department of Health (Western Australia).
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