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Workplace health promotion, Part 1

Part 1: the theoretical basis for workplace health promotion strategies


What is the interplay between occupational health and health promotion? Is there any evidence that workplace health promotion initiatives have positive long-term outcomes? In the first of a two-part article, Katie Oakley examines the theoretical basis of health promotion strategies and introduces key workplace health promotion topics.

Around one quarter of adults in England are classified as obese, 24% are hazardous drinkers and 21% are smokers (2007–09 figures)1. The …

Katie Oakley is a freelance writer and editor of Occupational health nursing (3rd edition, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

Part 2 of this article will explore some attempts at evaluating workplace initiatives, the UK government strategy on health promotion with a particular focus on England and, in particular, what all this means for occupational health professionals.

Author: Oakley K


Occupational Health at Work June/July 2012 (vol. 09/1) pp22-25

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