Development and impact of a worksite wellness champions program

Kaisa C. Wieneke, Matthew M. Clark, Linde E. Sifuentes, Jason S. Egginton, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Sarah M. Jenkins, Beth A. Riley, Kerry D. Olsen

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Objectives: Wellness champions have potential to be a high-reach, low-cost intervention for improving employee health, but research is needed to support this premise. Therefore, this project assessed the impact of a worksite wellness champions program at a large integrated healthcare organization. Methods: A total of 2315 employees responded (56% response rate) to a survey. Results: Program participants (N = 666) were more likely to agree that the organization provides a supportive environment to live a healthy lifestyle (82.7% vs 69.4%, p < .001), more likely to agree co-workers support one another in practicing a healthy lifestyle (76.8% vs 53.7%, p < .001), and to rate their overall health and wellness higher (p < .005) compared to those not familiar with the wellness champions program (N = 675). Conclusions: Employees participating in wellness champion activities have increased their awareness of wellness opportunities, feel supported for having a healthy lifestyle, and rate their perceived health and wellness higher.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-220
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2016


  • Health promotion
  • Wellness champions
  • Worksite wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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