E-Health Prevention Program

847 WordsJun 17, 20174 Pages
In 2014, a study was published to determine the effectiveness of a prevention program that would reduce the risk of chronic diseases. As stated in the study, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “one out of 10 Americans” is living with a form of chronic illness. These chronic diseases are a result of modifiable health risk behaviors such as sedentary lifestyle, malnutrition, alcoholism, and use of tobacco. If these risk factors were transformed into healthy behaviors, it would eliminate “ at least 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes” and “40% of all cancer” which are the leading causes of death in the United States. The study was composed of a population of employees who attended an annual Benefits…show more content…
Additionally, those who received basic e-health messages had higher rates of goal obtainment than those who received the more detailed messages. The researcher's results showed that after 38 weeks anyone could reach their goal. However, the study lacked in showing examples of what some of these goals was. For example, was one of the participants’ goals to lose 50 pounds or to limit the amount of time they watched the television. Their goals could have been categorized in different areas of the World Health’s Organizations seven dimensions of wellness. If the study was determining weight loss as a goal, it did not tell us if there were healthy individuals or obese individuals. For example, if it was someone’s goal to keep off 5 pounds and they were a healthy individual, it would make sense for them to be unmotivated in receiving e-health emails and being in the maintenance stage of the being of the study. The study does not give a proper representation of the sample of the population. Earlier in the study, it was stated that many employers have not incorporated health wellness programs in their organization because of lack of participation and lack of high-risk employee participation. If this is true, the reason for such low attendance at the Annual Benefits Fair because employees in these two groups did not come. If the researchers of this study wanted to improve their study, they
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