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.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|State||Accepted/In press - Jul 21 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health