WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Study analyzes health habits of New Hampshire healthcare workers

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, released a report on Monday regarding the behaviors of healthcare workers in the state.

The report looked at the health behaviors of the workers and compared them with the goals of the Healthy People 2020 initiative, revealing that most of the workers are reaching the goals and reporting more promising health behaviors compared with other working adults in the state.

The report was titled "Health Behaviors of New Hampshire Healthcare Workers." It used data from the New Hampshire Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.

The survey gave researchers the ability to cross analyze the health habits of respondents with such information as type of job and industry they work in. Healthcare workers were shown to be more likely to have health insurance and to have seen a dentist in the past year. They also exercised and maintained a healthy weight, according to the research.

"Though these findings are not surprising overall," José Montero, the director of Public Health at DHHS, said. "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."