This study examined worksite health promotion programs, policies and services to monitor the achievement of the Healthy People 2010 worksite-related goal of 75 percent of worksites offering a comprehensive worksite health promotion program.
The authors conducted a nationally representative, cross-sectional telephone survey of worksite health promotion programs stratified by worksite size and industry type. Techniques appropriate for analyzing complex surveys were used to compute point estimates, confidence intervals and multivariate statistics. Worksites with more than 750 employees consistently offered more programs, policies and services than did smaller worksites. Only 6.9 percent of responding worksites offered a comprehensive worksite health promotion program. Sites with a staff person dedicated to and responsible for health promotion were significantly more likely to offer a comprehensive program, and sites in the agriculture and mining or financial services sector were significantly less likely than those in other industry sectors to offer such a program.
Increasing the number, quality and types of health promotion programs at worksites, especially smaller worksites, remains an important public health goal.