Health Outcomes Measures

Employees who adopt healthy behaviors not only reduce their risk for developing disabling or life threatening diseases and their associated costs, but improve their everyday quality of life.

  • Participation in health promotion activities through a workplace health program allows individuals to develop knowledge, self-management and coping skills as well as build a social support network among coworkers, supervisors, and family. These skills can facilitate adopting healthy behaviors in the short-term and lead to changes in physical, mental, and/or emotional health in the long-term
  • Potential evaluation measures can compare the health status of program participants over time such as:
  • Targets for the optimal levels of health status (e.g., percent of employees reporting good or excellent health before and after a health promotion program or intervention)
  • Acceptable levels of disease, injury or disability (e.g., percent of employees diagnosed with colorectal cancer before and after a screening program or number of employees who experience a fall at work before and after a falls prevention intervention)
  • Prevalence of risk factors (e.g., percent of employees who are overweight/obese before and after a weight management program)