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Study Looks at Health Habits of New Hampshire Healthcare Workers Compared with Recommendations
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Health Statistics and Data Management
Publish Date:
June 3, 2014

Concord, NH – A recent report released by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, about behaviors of healthcare workers in New Hampshire, entitled Health Behaviors of New Hampshire Healthcare Workers, looked at their health behaviors and compared them with the goals of the Healthy People 2020 initiative. By most measures, New Hampshire’s healthcare workers are in general reaching the goals and reported more promising prevalence of health behaviors compared with the rest of the State’s working adults.

The study was conducted using data from the New Hampshire Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, which is a random phone-based health study conducted by all states every year. With the important addition of respondent industry and occupation information, we are now able to explore health behaviors and outcomes by a person’s type of job, or what industry they work in. Healthcare workers taking the survey were about the same average age as non–healthcare workers, had a higher average income, and were more likely to have health insurance and to have seen a dentist in the past year. By and large, they also followed common advice for better health, such as exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.

"Though these findings are not surprising overall," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, "it is helpful to know for example that we still need to do some work on encouraging healthcare workers to get an annual flu vaccine and exercise more. It does tell us, however, that they are taking health messages to heart and hopefully can act as role models to patients."

To learn more about the Healthy People 2020 goals, go to http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/default.aspx.

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