What Are Experts Saying About the Recent JOEM Article on Workplace Prevention?

November 12, 2014 JOEM

What Experts Have to Say About The Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine (JOEM) Article by Katie Tryon et al

  • “Making the Workplace a More Effective Site for Prevention of Major Chronic Diseases in Adults by Kathleen Tryon, et al. gets straight to the core of why many workplace health promotion programs have yet to demonstrate results of lasting value. It then puts forth a much needed blueprint for shifting the ROI of these programs away from typically short-sighted financial models and better aligns them with ones that support long-term investment in corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility.  It’s a provocative and significant call to action that will accrue lasting benefits for businesses, the public sector, and for the individual alike.” — Ilene J. Klein, MD, FAAFP Director Global Employee Health Services Qualcomm Incorporated
  • “This article gives the big picture on why prevention is key to a healthy workforce, a healthy bottom line for business, and a healthier future for our nation now and for generations to come.” — Jim Marks, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Vice President
  • “I couldn’t agree more. Disease prevention has long been over looked in this country particularly amongst working age adults. In addition to investing in the prevention of non-communicable disease, attention should be placed on keeping adults well through appropriate ACIP recommended vaccinations.  The CDC reported again this year that vaccination coverage levels among adults for many routinely recommended vaccinations are unacceptably low and that substantial improvement in adult vaccination is needed to reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults. The work place provides an opportune place to educate and provide these missed services to working age adults.” — Virginia Peddicord, Corporate Employer Accounts, Merck & Co., Inc.
  •   “I applaud the efforts represented in the recent publication – Making the Workplace a More Effective Site for Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases in Adults. Since the average adult spends the majority of his or her waking hours at work it is an ideal venue for the promotion of health and well-being.  The evidence strongly supports that this is not only the right thing to do but it is also good business.  A healthy workforce provides a competitive advantage.” — Raymond Fabius MD, DFACPE, Founder and President, HealthNEXT
  • “Improving the health of all Americans, and potentially reducing the burden of preventable yet costly chronic diseases, will have to include the workplace as an opportunity to effect measureable, meaningful, positive health change. The potential cannot be ignored. This paper makes the case.” — Eduardo Sanchez, MD MPH FAAFP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Heart Association
  •  “This article hits a home run as it address the root cause for our health care crisis, but also provides a way for the future. Health and well-being is the new frontier to address sustainability. Well-being is increasingly being seen as an area that businesses need to take more seriously to better sustain their own healthcare systems. The Corporate value system needs such a holistic approach to creating a sustainable business– prioritizing people, the planet and profit – so the value we place on our employees is integral to a healthy future.” — Fik Isaac, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Vice President, Global Health Services, Johnson & Johnson and Chief Medical Officer, Health & Wellness Solutions

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