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Worksite Health and Wellness Programs: Canadian Achievements & Prospects

Authors
Journal
Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
0033-0620
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
56
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.pcad.2013.11.002
Keywords
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Interventions
  • Workplace
Disciplines
  • Law
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Canada has experienced a substantial reduction in mortality related to cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is a general consensus that more effective and widespread health promotion interventions may lead to further reductions in CVD risk factors and actual disease states. In this paper, we briefly outline the prevalence of selected risk factors for CVD in Canada, describe characteristics of the Canadian labor market and workforce, and depict what is known about health and wellness program delivery systems in Canadian workplaces. Our review indicates that there have been numerous and diverse relevant legislative and policy initiatives to create a context conducive to improve the healthfulness of Canadian workplaces. However, there is still a dearth of evidence on the effectiveness of the delivery system and the actual impact of workplace health and wellness programs in reducing CVD risk in Canada. Thus, while a promising model, more research is needed in this area.

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