Creating an Impactful Workplace Wellness Program

Students from Health Education and Promotion developed a worksite wellness program to be initiated by the Common Man Family of Restaurants throughout New Hampshire. The class required mixed methods research processes to be conducted by students to generate both qualitative and quantitative data to inform an operating plan for the worksite wellness program. Through this project students were able to organize and conduct a health education and promotion needs assessment through varied mechanisms including interviews, focus groups and surveys. They then learned to describe the process of data management and analysis leading to a set of worksite wellness program goals. Externally, the students facilitated communication with partners and collaborators to support and sustain all needs assessment activities.

Health education students actively participated in all aspects of the research process including implementing well-attended employee forums and an electronically delivered survey. The data was analyzed using qualitative methods grounded in the Social Ecological Model of Behavior Change and a final report to the stakeholders was formulated, branded, and produced in written documents for the business partner. A formal presentation to the stakeholders at the Common Man Family was also conducted as a means of delivering the business needs of the project.

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