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PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE: Cooperation and Collaboration Between a Public Health Unit and Midsized Private Industry in Health Promotion Programming: The Polymer Heart Health Program Experience

Jean A. Shoveller and Donald B. Langille
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 84, No. 3 (MAY / JUNE 1993), pp. 170-173
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41991006
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Abstract

In 1990, Cobequid Health Unit was approached by Polymer International, a plastics manufacturer, and planning began for a worksite cardiovascular risk factor screening and follow-up program. In 1991, 302 Polymer employees (89.1%) participated in a screening. Follow-up included smoking cessation programs, fitness opportunities, dietary counselling, and physician referral for further investigation of blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Policy and environmental changes include heart healthy foods at the cafeteria, development of non-smoking policy, and coverage under the corporate group insurance plan for dietary counselling. This process demonstrates the potential for public health and private industry to collaborate in preventive efforts and the principles required for success. En 1990, Polymer International, un fabricant de plastique, se met en rapport avec le centre de santé Cobequid et ensemble ils commencent à planifier un programme de dépistage et de suivi des risques cardiovasculaires en milieu de travail. En 1991, 302 employés de Polymer (89,1 %) ont participé à ce dépistage. Le suivi comportait des programmes pour arrêter de fumer, des programmes de mise en forme, des conseils de diététique, des consultations avec des médecins pour examen des niveaux de cholestérol et de tension artérielle. Des changements d'orientation et d'environnement ont été réalisés, notamment: la préparation d'aliments sains et sans danger pour le coeur à la cafétéria, l'élaboration d'une politique contre le tabagisme et la prise en charge du counselling alimentaire par l'assurance du groupe. Cet exemple illustre les possibilités de collaboration entre l'industrie privée et la santé publique en matière de prévention et de détermination des principes nécessaires au succès des efforts déployés.

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