Effective Employee Wellness Programs include the use of data sources in support of Employee Wellness Plan planning, implementation, and evaluation. Data sources can be used to complete a community needs assessment, develop realistic Employee Wellness Plan goals and objectives, and gain Senior Management support.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Data and statistics
- Data and statistics are available by topic (i.e., asthma, injuries, MRSA).
- Data access tools are available to customize data tables and query datasets
(i.e., Healthy People DATA2010, tobacco use-Attributable Mortality, Morbidity,
and Economic Costs).
- Nationwide survey data is available (i.e., National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES)).
CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
- BRFSS is the world’s largest, ongoing telephone health survey system.
BRFSS has been tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the US yearly
- Chronic Disease Indicators are divided into seven categories: physical activity
and nutrition, tobacco and alcohol use, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
overarching conditions, and other disease and risk factors.
- Prevalence data is also available (i.e., weight classification by Body Mass
Index and age).