Health Promotion Program by Cross-Setting Model Between Workplace and Community in Korea

Prof Kang-Sook LEE
Catholic University Of Korea, Medical College

Two thirds of Korean people have any kinds of job, 24 million people are working. Korean employees with heavy smoking (43%), drinking (87%), over stress (95%), and physical inactivity (82%) have increasing medical cost due to work loss from disease. When the employees return to community after retirement, almost of them have several chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke and cancer. The success of health promotion in these majority of working population is very important task. Investment for prevention and health promotion in workplace would be “win-win” for employees and employers. But because of insufficient CEO’s concern and lack of financial or human resources, it’s difficult to implement the health promotion program in workplace. The aim of this research was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of workplace health promotion program integrating community resources by cross-setting model. In 3 Community Health Centers where had many workplaces, 10 companies of large, medium and small enterprises joined with this project. Web-based health risk appraisal and presenteeism scale were implemented. Tailored health promotion programs including 7 good life-styles by stress management, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcohol restriction, nutritional counselling, sleep well and weight control were conducted and evaluated the effectiveness by follow-up at 3 and 6 months. This study suggested that workplace health promotion program by cross-setting approach would be proper model to use community resources maximally.

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