ACSM's Worksite Health Promotion Manual: A Guide to Building and Sustaining Healthy Worksites


ACSM's Worksite Health Promotion Manual is the most practical resource of its kind, giving students and professionals alike the most useful information available to start, run, and evaluate worksite programs.

Editor Carolyn Cox, PhD, CHES, expertly compiles dozens of proven and implemented ideas and examples from 30 of the top practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the field, making the manual a day-to-day resource for working health promotion practitioners. The hands-on ...

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ACSM's Worksite Health Promotion Manual is the most practical resource of its kind, giving students and professionals alike the most useful information available to start, run, and evaluate worksite programs.

Editor Carolyn Cox, PhD, CHES, expertly compiles dozens of proven and implemented ideas and examples from 30 of the top practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the field, making the manual a day-to-day resource for working health promotion practitioners. The hands-on text stresses the importance of making worksite health promotion relevant to today's top business leaders to ensure its long-term success.

Worksite health promotion traditionally has taken a back seat to business and medicine, in part because of consumer attitudes: People don't want to do what they should. For the minority who do, the benefits take time, sometimes years, to achieve. The ACSM's Worksite Health Promotion Manual predicts that the profession will only grow and flourish if practitioners successfully relate their work to business objectives and medical outcomes, to consumers and corporations, and to everyday performance as well as long-term health.

The five-part text features easy-to-read sections that allow readers to find specific information quickly. Other features include the following:
·Lists of resources that professionals can use to maximize program efficiency and cost effectiveness
·Examples of best practices from the profession
·Chapter-by-chapter icons that highlight important principles in each section
·A comprehensive appendix that contains 15 forms designed to guide businesses through various aspects of worksite health promotion
·Popular Web sites for health promotion

Part I, “Building a Strong Foundation,” advocates that all interventions and planning be based on proven theory, encouraging practitioners to foster more partnerships to be successful.

Part II, “Operation Processes That Work,” reviews the four cornerstones of an effective health promotion program and their interdependency: needs assessment and evaluation, health culture development, effective interventions, and relapse prevention.

Part III, “Development Strategies for Mature Programs,” offers current resources to help practitioners revitalize and continue to develop existing programs.

Part IV, “Reengineering for Mature Programs,” challenges programs to find and use a variety of tools and processes to break away from the status quo, ultimately improving the creative and innovative process.

Part V, “The Twenty-First Century Challenge,” presents viewpoints of other movements that are influencing health promotion.

The ACSM's Worksite Health Promotion Manual is an ideal reference for professionals who are setting up, running, and evaluating on-the-job programs. It's the most practical, hands-on tool available for worksite health promotion practitioners, complete with real-world case studies and objectives to help with healthy worksite promotion.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This is a five part practical workbook addressing worksite health promotion in terms of foundations, operations, strategies, reengineering, and challenges.
Purpose: This is a technical manual and is intended to be used as a practical means of planning, executing, and evaluating worksite health promotion programs. To the extent it is adopted, this is an important goal.
Audience: The book can be used by both students and employed professionals engaged in health promotion. It would appear to me to be a valuable common reference for teams of human resources and associated personnel beginning such a project. The editor is a respected professor and an expert on worksite health promotion.
Features: By design this book is easy-to-read and is a conversation starter in virtually any human resources or healthcare environment. The authors admit that a lot of its health promotion information is available through diverse sources but argue this book puts the data in context. I would agree.
Assessment: There are arguably dozens of good health promotion references that span the scientific and popular literature. Given the backing of the American College of Sports Medicine and the diverse backgrounds of over 30 contributors, I believe this book offers something important. Academics will find the corporate name-dropping about successful health promotion programs annoying, while others may see this as a practical strength. The authors have been generous in providing checklist and focused interview forms in the appendix. My single and minor criticism of the book is that while the Web site information is current, the references are slightly dated.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736046572
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn C. Cox, PhD, CHES, is an associate professor of health science at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She is respected in the field of worksite health promotion and frequently serves as a reviewer for textbook publishers on the topic.

Extensively published and well practiced as a presenter of research on worksite health promotion, Cox is a fellow for the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine's Alliance of Health Fitness Professionals, and chair of the Missouri Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health's Worksite Health Promotion Task Force.

Dr. Cox also is an active member of the National Wellness Institute and the American Alliance for Health Education of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The Central District and Missouri Chapter of AAHPERD named her the College/University Health Education Professional of the Year for 2002. Dr. Cox enjoys fitness walking, strength training, and cycling in her free time.


Lisa Bailey, William B. Baun, EPD, FAWHP, Gary Billotti, M.S., Susan Blair, FAWHP, Scott Chovanec, Carolyn C. Cox, Ph.D., CHES, FAWHP, Tracey L. Cox, FAWHP, Vicki Diffendal, FAWHP, Ron Z. Goetzel, Ph.D., Thomas Golaszewski, Ph.D., John Harris, Jacqueline Hooper, DrPH, FAWHP, David Hunnicutt, Ph.D,
Debbie Jordan, Joseph A. Leutzinger, Ph.D., FAWHP, Susan T. Liebenow,
Wendy D. Lynch, Ph.D., Dan Newton, Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Ron Ozminkowski, Ph.D., George Pfeiffer, M.S.E., FAWHP, Nico Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, Chuck Reynolds, Anastasia M. Snelling, Ph.D., RD, FAWHP, Neal Sofian,
Maura O. Stevenson, Ph.D., Paul E. Terry, Ph.D, Paul Terry, PhD, Gordon R. Waine, FCIB, ACIS, Ted Wegleitner, Sharon Wilke, M.S., Dean Witherspoon

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Table of Contents


Part I: Building a Strong Foundation
Chapter 1.
Building a Healthy Worksite From the View of a CEO
Chapter 2. Using Theories and Models to Support Program Planning
Chapter 3. Forming Alliances to Ensure Program Integration

Part II: Operation Processes That Work
Chapter 4.
Establishing the Operating Plan and Resources
Chapter 5. Designing Health Promotion Programming
Chapter 6. Using Administrative Processes That Keep It Working

Part III: Development Strategies for Mature Programs
Chapter 7.
Introducing Program Strategies for Mature Programs
Chapter 8. Building Partnerships Between Mature Worksite Health Promotion Programs and Managed Care
Chapter 9. Dow Chemical's Evaluation-Driven Approach
Chapter 10. Implementing Health and Productivity Management
Chapter 11. Improving the Organization Through the Work Promotion Model
Chapter 12. Presenting Final Thoughts for Mature Programs
Part IV: Reengineering
Chapter 13.
Introducing the Concept of Reengineering
Chapter 14. Linking Reengineering to Corporate Strategy
Chapter 15. Using Benchmarking Best Practices
Chapter 16. Institutionalizing Worksite Health Promotion: “Heart Check”
Chapter 17. Promoting Reengineering With the Organizational Development Model for Health Promotion Reengineering

Part V: The 21st Century Challenge
Chapter 18.
Introducing the Twenty-First Century Challenge
Chapter 19. Using New Communication Technologies As a Bridge to Better Health
Chapter 20. Using Integrative Medicine
Chapter 21. Expanding Workplace Health Promotion Globally
Chapter 22. Providing a Broader Vision for Worksite Health


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