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Wellness study published in occupational medical journal

Sarasota County wellness study published in occupational medical journal

Post Date:07/23/2019

A study conducted by the Sarasota County Health and Benefits staff was recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), chronicling the results of a six week process that looked at how positivity practices impacted an individual's health. LargeRollover.00043764-201905000-00000.CV

The study included 63 county employees, who worked with the Sarasota County Wellness Team to determine how emotions effected blood sugar levels, cardiovascular and inflammatory bio-markers, all of which can be early indicators of disease or potentially catastrophic medical conditions. 

Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis said the work conducted by the Wellness Team reflects Sarasota County's ongoing commitment to a healthy and safe working environment. 

"Our Human Resources staff have demonstrated that a healthier work environment is a happier work environment, which is then passed on to the community through our customer service," Lewis added. 

In order to be considered for publication with JOEM, clinical researchers from around the world reviewed the team's submission and found its findings and results to be clinically significant. Sarasota County now has the research that demonstrates workplace positivity improves employee's lives, said Human Resources Director Chris Louria. 

"This is a clear indicator that the work of our Wellness Team is having a profound and positive effect on our employees," Louria added. 

To learn more about the benefits of working at Sarasota County Government and available career opportunities, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

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