Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have found that older workers benefit most from a modest health behavior program when it combines a web-based risk assessment with personal coaching. The Cost-Effective Health Promotion for Older Workers study was led by Susan Hughes, professor of community health sciences, co-director of the UIC Center for Research on Health and Aging at the Institute for Health Research and Policy.
According to Hughes, the health behaviors that were examined were physical activity, diet, stress reduction and smoking cessation, and 95% of workers aged 40-68 participating in the study used a Web-based risk assessment when theere was personal coaching support, but only 59% did so when there was no personal support. Hughes and her co-researchers have published the results of the study in the May 2011 issue of American Journal of Public Health: "Comparison of Two Health-Promotion Programs for Older Workers."
An interview with Hughes is also available online.
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago News Release (April 14, 2011)