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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: Worksite health promotion is a technique thought to combat many of the disorders, disease, and various stressors that are to blame for poor health and lost workplace productivity. This book links theoretical concepts of health promotion and their application. It outlines an approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating programs of this nature.
Purpose: The author, among practitioners of worksite health promotion, seeks to influence the state of workplace health among American workers by further educating practitioners of health promotion. The worthiness of this objective is found in gains with respect to health on an individual and a group basis.
Audience: The book is written primarily for students planning careers in this field as well as for current practitioners of health promotion. It will also find use among the broader pool of human resources and loss prevention personnel.
Features: The first of the book's three sections describes economic forces affecting these programs (2 chapters). The second section describes front-end programming decisions (goal setting, lifestyle modification, and economic considerations in 2 chapters). The third section concerns itself with accomplishment and evaluation of worksite health promotion (3 chapters). Two appendixes, one devoted to a personal health questionnaire and one to be used for environmental (plant) evaluations, end the book.
Assessment: This book contains ideas for planning and launching worksite programs, but perhaps more importantly, it also discusses testing and evaluating program effectiveness. Case studies demonstrate how successful programs have been integrated into several types of worksites.