Total worker health and work-life stress

Leslie B. Hammer, Steven Sauter

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OBJECTIVE:: Review relationships between work-life stress and health behaviors to advance understanding of pathways between occupational and individual risk factors and health and safety outcomes. METHODS:: A background on the Total Worker Health concept is provided, and a review of research on the relationship between work-life stress and health behaviors is presented. RESULTS:: Research evidence indicates that work-life stress serves as a negative occupational exposure relating to poor health behaviors, including smoking, poor food choices, low levels of exercise, and even decreased sleep time. CONCLUSION:: The association between work-life stress and adverse health behaviors suggests that interventions at both the occupational (health protection) and individual (health promotion) level may be helpful in mitigating effects of work-life stress, consistent with the Total Worker Health approach. Further study is needed to investigate gains from an integrated prevention strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S25-S29
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number12 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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