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ERIC Number: EJ854526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Faculty and Staff Health Promotion: Results from the School Health Policies and Programs Study 2006
Eaton, Danice K.; Marx, Eva; Bowie, Sara E.
Journal of School Health, v77 n8 p557-566 Oct 2007
Background: US schools employ an estimated 6.7 million workers and are thus an ideal setting for employee wellness programs. This article describes the characteristics of school employee wellness programs in the United States, including state-, district-, and school-level policies and programs. Methods: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts the School Health Policies and Programs Study every 6 years. In 2006, computer-assisted telephone interviews or self-administered mail questionnaires were completed by state education agency personnel in 49 states plus the District of Columbia and among a nationally representative sample of school districts (n = 445). Computer-assisted personal interviews were conducted with personnel in a nationally representative sample of elementary, middle, and high schools (n = 873). Results: During the 2 years preceding the study, 67.3% of states provided assistance to districts or schools on how to develop or implement faculty and staff health promotion activities or services. Although nearly all schools offered at least 1 health promotion service or activity, few schools offered coordinated activities and services within a comprehensive employee wellness program. During the 12 months preceding the study, none of the health screenings were offered by more than one third of schools; only a few of the health promotion activities and services were offered by more than one third of schools; about one third of schools offered physical activity programs, employee assistance programs, and subsidies or discounts for off-site health promotion activities; and only 1 in 10 schools provided health-risk appraisals for faculty and staff. Conclusions: More schools should implement comprehensive employee wellness programs to improve faculty and staff health behaviors and health status. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States