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Infrequent Users Of Workplace Wellness Centers Report Declines In Quality Of Life

May 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Earlier studies have shown that workplace wellness centers can play a key role in weight loss and fitness. But what about other benefits, such as improving the physical and mental quality of life? This U.S. study involving 1,100 wellness center members found that frequent users reported an overall improvement in quality of life, from a rating of 59.4 to 80.4 percent. Less frequent users reported no improvement in their physical quality of life, and even a decline in their mental quality of life (51.4 to 34.5 percent). The reason, researchers suggested, is that less frequent users often tend toward negative “self-talk”, in effect, beating themselves up over their non-participation.
Matthew M. Clark et al., "Is Usage of a Wellness Center Associated With Improved Quality of Life?", American Journal of Health Promotion, May 08, 2013, © American Journal of Health Promotion
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