Title

Proposed physical wellness program for non-academic personnel of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute

Date of Completion

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Health Promotion

Abstract

The aim of this study is to determine the demographic profile of the non-academic personnel of De La Salle Health Sciences - DLSHSI as to age, gender, department and number of years working in DLSHSI to determine the existing health issues and risk factors as to cardiovascular diseases of the respondents to determine the physical wellness needs of the respondents to describe the health issues and physical wellness needs as to the demographic profile of the respondents and to propose a physical wellness program for non-academic personnel based on physical wellness needs seen. A quantitative descriptive design was used in the study and its participants were all non-academic personnel of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute from Mission and Linkages, Administration and Finance, Office of the President and Hospital departments. Survey forms were distributed to the respondents. The tool used was a self-administered tool prepared by the researchers. Statistical techniques used were frequency, percentage and mean. As for the results, the general body composition of the respondents were fairly normal and within healthy limits contrary to the researchers' expectation since the nature of work of the respondents typically includes desk jobs and prolonged sitting for hours. Hypertension is the leading current health issue among the respondents and it is directly related to the risk factors associated with low or poor level of physical activity. The risk factor of the respondents is mostly low in terms of developing cardiovascular diseases. In the fitness aspect, it was found out that generally the respondents have poor foundation in exercising because the respondents do not typically engage in physical activities in the last six (6) months. The nutrition was fairly average among the respondents since they have complete proper diet and nutritional needs however, the recommended amounts are not sufficiently met. The researchers conclude that the physical wellness needs determined based from the results are following: need to increase awareness on the benefits of physical activities focusing on strength, flexibility, and aerobic exercise and need to increase awareness on the benefits of balanced diet and proper intake of daily nutrition. Overall, there is a need to propose a program regarding improving physical wellness of the respondents in order to make employee productivity better and decrease the health care costs in the workplace.

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