Volume 1Number 1, January 2019
Health Promotion at Workplace: Enhancing health status of workforce
The term “Health Promotion at Workplace” is a multidimensional concept that embraces at least two major philosophies about what health is and how it is influenced. The first philosophy sees health as largely the product of individual behaviour and as an individual responsibility. It may acknowledge the role of genetics and environment to some degree, but the type of health promotion arising from this set of beliefs focuses on individual behaviour. Consequently, the workplace is seen primarily as a venue through which various programmes can be delivered. Examples of programme areas are: fitness, stress management, smoking cessation, back care, weight reduction/nutrition, and medication. The second philosophy sees health as being influenced by a number of forces, a significant number of which are outside the individual’s control. Consequently, the workplace is seen as an influence on health in its own right.
- Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine