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TitleParticipation in employer-sponsored wellness programs before and after retirement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsYen, L. T., Schultz A. B., McDonald T., Champagne L., & Edington D. W.
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Pagination27 - 38
Date Published2006/02//Jan-und
ISBN Number1087-3244
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Consumer Satisfaction, Cost Sharing, Demography, Employment, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Labor Unions, Male, Michigan, Middle Aged, Occupational Health Services, Retirement, Retrospective Studies, Socioeconomic Factors

To evaluate wellness program participation before and after retirement.This retrospective cohort design compares 3 groups of employees: 1998-1999 retirees (N=6065), 1994-1995 retirees (N=5862), and 21,176 employees who were still active as of 2002. Participation was compared over 2 time periods for high-intensity and low-intensity programs.
Significantly different participation rates were found among the 3 groups specific to program intensity. Participation before retirement is associated with higher participation after retirement regardless of program intensity (OR=3.8 for overall participation).
Wellness programs can attract retirees, especially if they participated before retirement and are offered a variety of programs.


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