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Dr. Diane Oyler

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Dr. Diane Oyler

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Dr. Laurie Buonanno


This research focused on how to encourage and maintain participation in employee wellness programs. This is an agency-based project involving the employees of the Erie County Rath Building, located in Buffalo, NY as well as other county employees located outside of the Rath Building . Wellness programs help educate individuals and improve their health. Obesity rates are currently rising and most people are not properly informed on the benefits they receive from exercising and being properly nourished. With the proper incentives and peer-support mechanisms in place, employees and employers greatly benefit from participating. Public sector employees were examined for this research using a convenience sample of Erie County employees. The final product of this research project is a set of recommendations that can be implemented by the Erie County Wellness Program.