High Stress and Negative Health Behaviors

A Five-Year Wellness Center Member Cohort Study
Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the association between having a high stress level and health behaviors in employees of an academic medical center.
Methods: Beginning January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2013, an annual survey was completed by 676 worksite wellness members.
Results: Each year, about one-sixth of members had a high stress level, high stress individuals visited the wellness center less often, and most years there was a significant relationship (P<0.05) between stress level and poor physical health behaviors (physical activity level and confidence, strength, climbing stairs), low mental health (quality of life, support, spiritual well-being and fatigue), poor nutritional habits (habits and confidence), and lower perceived overall health.
Conclusions: High stress is associated with negative health behavior, and future studies, therefore, should explore strategies to effectively engage high stress employees into comprehensive wellness programs.

Source: Clark, Matthew M.; Jenkins, Sarah M.; Hagen, Philip T.; Riley, Beth A.; Eriksen, Caleigh A.; Heath, Amy L.; Vickers Douglas, Kristin S.; Werneburg, Brooke L.; Lopez-Jimenez, Francisco; Sood, Amit; Benzo, Roberto P.; Olsen, Kerry D. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: September 2016, Volume 58, Issue 9, p. 868-873.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000826

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