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Worksite wellness programs may reduce employee absenteeism
Date:11/11/2009

ATLANTA Emory University Rollins School of Public Health researchers will present Nov. 11 on a range of topics at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Philadelphia, including a study that found reduced absenteeism among employees participating in a large-scale worksite wellness program.

Additional public health research findings from Emory scientists are highlighted below.

Does faith affect how Southern African-American women use contraception?

Researchers conducted a survey of low-income, African-American women regarding how faith impacts reproductive health decision-making. Respondents showed a high level of spirituality and religiosity, which appeared linked to their beliefs about contraceptives. Emory researchers found that women's perceptions of their religious community's attitudes toward contraception play a mixed, but important role in the reproductive health decision-making of low-income, African-American women and should be considered when developing interventions.

Effects of environmental interventions on obesity prevention and absenteeism in a large U.S. company

Environmental weight management interventions were implemented in 12 worksites at The Dow Chemical Company in 2006-2007. Five sites received intense weight management interventions; four sites received moderate interventions; and three control sites received Dow's standard individual programs.

For the moderate or intense intervention employees, the average days absent due to illness per year decreased from 3.9 days in 2006 to 3.4 days in 2007. Researchers found that average absenteeism days at the moderate or intense sites were 1.5 days lower than at the standard sites between 2006 and 2007.

Cost savings due to reduced absenteeism were estimated at $414.90 per employee per year.

Gender differences in rural adolescents' reasons for refusal or acceptance of influenza vaccination

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Contact: Ashante Dobbs
adobbs2@emory.edu
404-727-5692
Emory University
Source:Eurekalert

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