Evaluation of a multicomponent workplace health promotion program conducted in Japan for improving employees' cardiovascular disease risk factors

Takashi Muto, Keita Yamauchi

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Background. The long-term effectiveness of multi-component worksite health promotion programs targeting cardiovascular disease risk factors remains unclear in Japan. This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of such a health promotion program consisting of a main program provided over 4 days and a follow-up program provided over 1 year. Methods. The subjects of this randomized controlled trial were male employees working for a building maintenance company in Japan. The intervention group (n = 152) and the control group (n = 150) consisted of employees having abnormal findings in at least one of the following items at baseline health examination: body mass index (BMI), systolic (SBP) or diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting blood glucose. Evaluation was conducted at 18 months after the main program. Results. BMI, SBP, total cholesterol, and triglycerides improved significantly in the intervention group compared with the control group (P < 0.05). When comparisons were limited to those who showed abnormality at baseline, BMI, total cholesterol, and triglycerides improved significantly in the intervention group (P < 0.05). Conclusions. The multicomponent health promotion program provided to employees was shown to be effective in improving obesity, high blood pressure, and hyperlipidemia when evaluated 18 months after the main intervention program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-577
Number of pages7
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan 1



  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Evaluation
  • Health promotion
  • Japan
  • Occupational health services
  • Risk factor
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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