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Title: An investigation into the consequential effects of the installation of a corporate fitness facility in the workplace, and in particular any possible correlation that this may have with the prevalence of coronary heart disease risk factors in the workplace
Author: Lloyd, S. R.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1997
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There is at present a great deal of public debate regarding the incidence of Coronary Heart Disease. In addition, there is general concern expressed by many regarding an ever increasing sedentary life style. It was in relation to these matters that the researcher sought to investigate the consequential effects that the installation of a fitness facility in the workplace would have on cardiac risk factors, in selected groups, within the workforce. The components of this investigation include: (i) an introduction which addresses the issue of health, fitness and functional capacity: (ii) Through a review of literature a clarification of the current understanding in the relationship between exercise and coronary heart disease risk factors will be sought. The concept of Corporate Wellness Programmes will also be investigated. (iii) a rationale for a research procedure in this field; (iv) a presentation of an intervention process in operation; (v) an analysis of the findings and ramifications of the process; (vi) a consideration of the effects of the health and fitness initiative and its relationship of profitability; (vii) a consideration of recommendations based on the research evidence. The conclusion drawn from the study, which is supported by a substantial amount of evidence, suggests that there is indeed a strong correlation between increased levels of activity, of appropriate frequency, intensity, time and type, and decreased cardiac risk. The associated issues of life style management, diet modification and exercise adherence are also shown to be worthy of consideration when assessing health status. The important aspect of how an interventive process in operation could affect company profitability is also analysed, and as a consequence the cost effectiveness of a wellness programme, in this setting, is proven.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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