Program development and effectiveness of workplace health promotion program for preventing metabolic syndrome among office workers

Hosihn Ryu, Jiyeon Jung, Jeonghyun Cho, Dal Lae Chin

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This paper aims to develop and analyze the effects of a socio-ecological model-based intervention program for preventing metabolic syndrome (MetS) among office workers. The intervention program was developed using regular health examinations, a “health behavior and need” assessment survey among workers, and a focus group study. According to the type of intervention, subjects took part in three groups: health education via an intranet-based web magazine (Group 1), self-monitoring with the U-health system (Group 2), and the target population who received intensive intervention (Group 3). The intervention programs of Group 1 and Group 2, which relied on voluntary participation, did not show significant effects. In Group 3, which relied on targeted and proactive programs, showed a decrease in waist circumference and in fasting glucose (p < 0.001). The MetS score in both males (-0.61 ± 3.35 versus -2.32 ± 2.55, p = 0.001) and females (-3.99 ± 2.05 versus -5.50 ± 2.19, p = 0.028) also showed a statistically significant decrease. In light of the effectiveness of the intensive intervention strategy for metabolic syndrome prevention among workers used in this study, companies should establish targeted and proactive health care programs rather than providing a healthcare system that is dependent on an individual’s voluntary participation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number878
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 4

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (Grant number: NRF-2015R1D1A1A01056938, PI: RYU).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by the authors.


  • Effectiveness
  • Intervention program
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Office workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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