Changes in health profiles of participants in an Australian police department’s Wellness program
Washington, Tracy L., Heesch, Kristiann C., & Rachele, Jerome N. (2013) Changes in health profiles of participants in an Australian police department’s Wellness program. In 2013 National Wellness Conference, 15-18 July 2013, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States. (Unpublished)
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Background: Little is known about the health effects of worksite wellness programs on police department staff.
Objective: To examine 1-2 year changes in health profiles of participants in the Queensland Police Service’s wellness program.
Methods: Participants underwent yearly physical assessments. Health profile data collected during assessments from 2008 to 2012 were included in the analysis.
Data Analysis: Repeated-measures ANOVA was used for continuous outcome variables, related-samples Wilcoxon Signed Rank test for non-normally continuous variables, and McNemar’s test for binary variables.
Results: Significant changes in physical measures included decreases in waist circumference and percent body fat, and increases in cardiorespiratory fitness and flexibility (p<0.01). Changes in serum cholesterol, haemoglobin, total cholesterol ratios, HDL, LDL and Triglyceride levels were also significant (p<0.01).
Conclusion: Participants’ health profiles mostly improved between cycles although most changes were not clinically significant. As this evaluation used a single-group pre-test post-test design, it provides initial indications that wellness programs can benefit staff in police departments.
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|Item Type:||Conference Item (Presentation)|
|Keywords:||wellness program, police officers, health promotion, evaluation, health profile|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors|
|Deposited On:||23 Sep 2013 22:51|
|Last Modified:||23 Sep 2013 22:51|
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