Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death throughout the world, and is associated with morbidity and decreased employability. The prevalence of CVD and of people at risk for CVD (e.g. obesity, diabetes or hypertension) has been increasing. A healthy lifestyle is important in the prevention of CVD. Thus, effective preventive health initiatives aimed at a healthy lifestyle to decrease cardiovascular risks are beneficial to health and would improve sustainable employability of workers. In this thesis, the association between CVD and exit from paid employment was investigated, followed by intervention-studies on two ‘blended’ workplace health promotion programs, a combination of eHealth and motivational interviewing. We found positive changes in health behavior and health outcomes in both health programs. These findings show that blended workplace health promotion programs are promising in improving health and employability in employees at increased cardiovascular risk. Recommendations for future practice and research are made.

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M.G.M. Hunink (Myriam) , A. Burdorf (Alex) , S.J.W. Robroek (Suzan)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The studies described in this thesis were financially supported by a grant from ZonMW, and by an additional grant from the Erasmus MC University Medical Center.
Department of Epidemiology

Kouwenhoven-Pasmooij, T. (2017, November 28). Perfectfit @ work : Effectiveness of blended web-based workplace health promotion programs. Retrieved from