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Assessment of Health Behaviors, Health Education Interests, and Injuries among Employees at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, October 2014 - December 2014

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Final rept. Oct-Dec 2014

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The Ready and Resilient Execution Order 110-13 requires the collection of metrics to assess readiness and resilience among specific Army units. Injuries are a leading barrier to workplace readiness in military as well as civilian populations. Purpose To assess health behaviors, health education interests, perceived barriers to participation in health information classes, and injuries among employees at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital GLWACH. Methods Demographics, health behaviors, health information class interests, and injury history were collected by survey from GLWACH employees, October-December 2014. Descriptive statistics were reported and independent risk factors for injuries were determined through multivariable logistic regression. Results A total of 380 out of 1,147 employees completed the survey 33 response rate. Respondents reported a prevalence of unhealthy behaviors, such as not enough exercise 58 and poor sleeping habits 49. Lack of time was the most frequently reported reason for unhealthy habits. Respondents were most interested in attending health information classes about physical fitness, weight management, nutrition, and stress management in the mornings during midweek. Nearly half 47, 178 respondents reported at least one injury in the past 12 months. Leading mechanisms were repetitive overuse 36, falls 15, and single twistingoverexertion 14. Leading activities associated with injury were physical training 24, walkinghiking 15, and lifting 11. Injury risk factors included Active Duty military status, lower education level, tobacco use, overuse of alcoholdrugs, and stress. Conclusions Health education classes and other health education materials for GLWACH staff should incorporate topics that include respondents expressed interests, as well as identified modifiable injury risk factors alcohol and drugs use, tobacco use, poor sleep, stress.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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