Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service: four year follow-up of the impact on health indicators

FLINT, Stuart, SCAIFE, Robert, KESTERTON, Sue, HUMPHREYS, Liam, COPELAND, Robert, CRANK, Helen, BRECKON, Jeff, MAYNARD, Ian and CARTER, Anouska (2016). Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service: four year follow-up of the impact on health indicators. Perspectives in Public Health, 136 (5), 295-301.

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Aims: Alongside the increasing prevalence of chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, has been an increase in interventions to reverse these ill-health trends. The aim of this study was to examine the longitudinal impact of the Sheffield Hallam University Staff Wellness Service on health indicators over a five year period. Methods: The Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness Service was advertised to university employees. Of 2561 employees who have attended the service, 427 respondents (male = 162, female = 265) aged 49.86 ± 12.26 years attended for five years (4 years follow up). Each year, participants were assessed on a range of health measures (i.e. cardio-respiratory fitness, body mass index, blood pressure, total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins, lung function and percentage body fat). Participants also received lifestyle advice (based on motivational interviewing) as part of the intervention to either improve, or in some cases maintain, their current health behaviours (e.g. increased physical activity and diet change). Results: The wellness service improved staff health for those with an ‘at risk’ health profile from baseline. These improvements were maintained in subsequent follow-up assessments. Improvement from baseline to year 1 follow up was observed for all health indicators as was the maintenance of this improvement in years 2, 3 and 4. Conclusions: The service demonstrates that a university-based wellness service using a combination of motivational interviewing and health screening to elicit behaviour change (and subsequent improvements in health-related outcomes) was successful in improving the health of employees with an ‘at risk’ profile. Keywords: wellness service; health indicators; physical activity; university

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: 10.1177/1757913916630009
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 10:22
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 21:16

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