Kevin Brendt P. Imperio and Yik Shen New
Adventist University of the Philippines
The employees’ general health is important for an organization to succeed. Disregarding this aspect may cause loss of employer’s resources due to health costs. The study aimed to justify the need to conduct a workplace health promotion program (WHPP) among university employees. This descriptive study was conducted among 82 employees of a university in Laguna, Philippines. Two instruments were used such as the biometric assessment tool in which data were collected and recorded by trained individuals, and a modified employee health assessment questionnaire survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which was supervised by one of the human resource secretaries. Prochaska and Di Clementi’s Trans Theoretical Model (TTM) was utilized as the theoretical basis of this study. Results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and showed that 55% of the participants are in pre-hypertension or hypertension stage. The overall Body Mass Index (BMI) suggests that 60% are overweight or obese. Moreover, 88.5% have high body fat percentage. Lifestyle practices assessment revealed that 86.6% of the employees are non-smokers, and 59.3% drink alcoholic beverages. Majority of the employees have low consumption of fruits, vegetables, fried foods, and sweetened beverages; 59.5% said they sometimes experience stress. Nearly half of the employees are considering or are ready to make healthier choices. Furthermore, about 49.2% of the participants preferred their health coaching sessions after their work. The findings helped the researchers identify the appropriate health-related topics to be used by further studies that aim to develop the WHPP.
Keywords:workplace wellness, biometric assessment, employee health assessment