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ERIC Number: EJ1254533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Impact of a Health Empowerment-Focused Program on Adult Employee's Motivators of and Barriers to Engaging in Healthy Behaviors
Williams, Jaime; Tucker, Carolyn M.; Wippold, Guillermo; Roncoroni, Julia; Moutinho, Maria E.; Lee, Susan; Desmond, Frederic; Ateyah, Wafaa
American Journal of Health Education, v51 n3 p169-178 2020
Background: Health initiatives have been established in many workplaces to promote healthy behaviors among employees. Health Self-Empowerment Theory (HSET) suggests that personal, modifiable factors, such as motivation to engage in healthy behaviors, are pathways to increasing such behaviors. Purpose: The present study examined the effects of the Health-Smart Behavior Program[superscript TM] (Health-Smart), which is informed by HSET, on levels of perceived motivators of and barriers to engaging in healthy eating and physical activity among a sample of employees at a large health insurance company. Methods: Participants were 97 culturally diverse employees at this company who were divided into intervention and control groups. Results: From pre-intervention to post-intervention, the intervention group experienced significantly greater increases in motivators to engage in healthy eating and physical activity and significantly greater decreases in barriers to engaging in these behaviors. Discussion: Health-Smart may be effective in increasing motivation to engage in healthy behaviors among workplace employees. Translation to Health Education Practice: This study suggests that health educators who develop workplace health promotion programs use a theoretical framework (e.g., HSET) to inform these programs, implement a first-step program to increase motivators of and reduce barriers to these behaviors, and empirically evaluate these programs.
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Language: English
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