Pronk, Nico P., PhD, MA, FACSM, FAWHP uri icon
President, HealthPartners Institute and Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners
"Every company, organization, or institution needs healthy, skilled, and motivated workers. My scholarly endeavors address the scientific evidence base to support this concern as well as the efforts to adapt available evidence for practical application."
About me

Dr. Nico Pronk is President and Institutional Official of the HealthPartners Institute and Chief Science Officer at HealthPartners, Inc. Dr. Pronk is a Sr. Research Investigator at the HealthPartners Institute and holds academic appointments as Affiliate Full Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as Visiting Scientist of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Pronk’s work is focused on connecting evidence of effectiveness with practical applications of programs and practices, policies and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being. His work applies to the workplace, the health system setting, and the community and involves development of new models to improve health and well-being at the research, practice and policy levels.

Dr. Pronk was confirmed by the White House to serve as co-chair of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for the year 2030 (aka “Healthy People 2030”). He is a current member of the Food and Nutrition Board and Chair for the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He serves on the board of directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization and is the founding and past president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion.

He is widely published in both the scientific and practice literatures and is an international speaker on population health and well-being. Dr. Pronk received his doctorate degree in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University and completed his post-doctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Other offices:

  • Affiliate full professor in Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Visiting scientist in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Member of the Food and Nutrition Board at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)
  • Chair, Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
  • Founding and past president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP)
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)

Joined the Institute: 1994

Education and training: PhD, exercise physiology, Texas A&M University; postdoctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.

Overview/research interests: Dr. Pronk’s work is focused on connecting evidence of effectiveness with practical applications of programs and practices, policies and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being. His work applies to the workplace, the health system setting, and the community and involves development of new models to improve health and well-being at the research, practice and policy levels. He is widely published in both scientific and practice literature and is an international speaker on population health and well-being.

Current research activities and funding:

  • Effectiveness of workplace interventions that integrate health promotion and occupational safety and health
  • The role of business engagement in community health and well-being
  • The impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior on employee performance and productivity
  • The application of systems science in health policy and organizational decision-making
  • The role of healthy living in disease prevention
  • Summary measures of health and well-being
Overview
geographic focus
  • Minnesota  State or Province
  • Publications
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • A call to action for dissemination and implementation science: response from the workplace
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2022
  • Addressing COVID-19 disruptions at the workplace while preparing for a postpandemic future
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2022
  • Cancer systems epidemiology: overcoming misconceptions and integrating systems approaches into cancer research
    PLoS Medicine. 2022
  • Causal systems mapping to promote healthy living for pandemic preparedness: a call to action for global public health
    The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2022
  • Coverage for obesity prevention and treatment: analysis of state employee health plans and use of benefits
    Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 2022
  • Using advanced racial and ethnic identity demographics to improve surveillance of work-related conditions in an occupational clinic setting
    American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2022
  • Addressing health equity and social determinants of health through Healthy People 2030
    Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2021
  • Building capacity for integrated occupational safety, health, and well-being initiatives using guidelines for Total Worker Health® approaches
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2021
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness of firefighters: initial results of a multi-phased study
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2021
  • Cardiovascular health research in the workplace: a workshop report
    Journal of the American Heart Association. 2021
  • Healthy People 2030: moving toward equitable health and well-being in the United States
    EClinicalMedicine. 2021
  • Improving health and well-being at work: a case report from the field
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2021
  • Law and policy as tools in Healthy People 2030
    Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2021
  • Physical activity surveillance in the United States for work and commuting: understanding the impact on population health and well-being
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2021
  • Pragmatic evaluation of a health system-based employee weight management program
    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021
  • Promoting health and well-being in Healthy People 2030
    Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2021
  • The role of the private sector in advancing antimicrobial stewardship: recommendations from the Global Chief Medical Officers' Network
    Population health management. 2021
  • Updating health literacy for Healthy People 2030: defining its importance for a new decade in public health
    Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2021
  • Weight bias and discrimination in the workplace: addressing a diversity and inclusion issue
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2021
  • Work, health, and COVID-19. The role of healthy living in pandemic preparedness for business
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2021
  • A strategy to promote population-wide life satisfaction while advancing equity
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2020
  • Balancing health and economic factors when reopening business in the age of COVID-19
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2020
  • Eight-year health risks trend analysis of a comprehensive workplace health promotion program
    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020
  • Healthy People 2030: considerations for workplace health and well-being
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2020
  • Total worker health: an emerging innovation in workplace health and well-being
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2020
  • Assessing physical activity, sedentary behavior, and cardiorespiratory fitness in worksite health promotion
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2019
  • Connecting the dots between health and well-being, business, community, and prosperity
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2019
  • Economics of community health workers for chronic disease: findings from Community Guide systematic reviews
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2019
  • Editor's desk: promoting physical activity in the workplace
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2019
  • Opportunities for employers to support physical activity through policy
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2019
  • Perceived workplace health and safety climates: associations with worker outcomes and productivity
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2019
  • The 2018 physical activity guidelines for Americans II: associations between social determinants of health and meeting guidelines for physical activity among employees
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2019
  • The 2018 physical activity guidelines for Americans: addressing signal events at the workplace to prevent disease
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2019
  • The health and well-being of an ACO population
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2019
  • The predicted impact of adopting health-promoting behaviors on disease burden in a commercially insured population
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2019
  • Validating a method to assess disease burden from insurance claims
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2019
  • What can you achieve in 8 years? A case study on participation, effectiveness, and overall impact of a comprehensive workplace health promotion program
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2019
  • Worksite policies for promoting physical activity
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2019
  • Building cultures of health and well-being: creating and sustaining supportive organizational environments
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2018
  • Health and well-being metrics in business: the value of integrated reporting
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018
  • Healthy nutrition and dietary considerations for the workplace
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2018
  • Improving health and well-being: connecting research and practice. The 24th Annual Conference of the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN)
    Journal of patient-centered research and reviews. 2018
  • Measuring best practices for workplace safety, health, and well-being: the Workplace Integrated Safety and Health Assessment
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018
  • Research methodologies for Total Worker Health(R): proceedings from a workshop
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018
  • The role of a trusted convener in building corporate engagement in community health initiatives
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2018
  • Building resilience into the workplace: bending the system to adapt
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2017
  • Does implementation follow design? A case study of a workplace health promotion program using the 4-S program design and the PIPE impact metric evaluation models
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017
  • Emotional fitness at the workplace
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2017
  • Exploration into the business priorities related to corporate engagement in community health improvement partnerships
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017
  • Key organizational characteristics for integrated approaches to protect and promote worker health in smaller enterprises
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017
  • Reporting on health and well-being in business: aligning human capital with business resources and relationships
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2017
  • State of the art conference on weight management in VA: policy and research recommendations for advancing behavioral interventions
    Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2017
  • "Well-Being in All Policies": promoting cross-sectoral collaboration to improve people's lives
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016
  • A response to proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations on employer-sponsored health, safety, and well-being initiatives
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016
  • Alcohol electronic screening and brief intervention: Recommendation of the Community Preventive Services Task Force
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • Concordance between life satisfaction and six elements of well-being among respondents to a health assessment survey, HealthPartners Employees, Minnesota, 2011
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016
  • Congruence of organizational self-score and audit-based organizational assessments of workplace health capabilities: an analysis of the HealthLead Workplace Accreditation
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016
  • Health, function, and performance benefits of workplace strength training programs
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2016
  • Integrated interventions for improving total worker health: a panel report from the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention workshop: total worker health-what's work got to do with it?
    Annals of Internal Medicine. 2016
  • Integrating worksite health protection and health promotion: a conceptual model for intervention and research
    Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • Measurement tools for integrated worker health protection and promotion: lessons learned from the SafeWell Project
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016
  • New summary measures of population health and well-being for implementation by health plans and accountable care organizations
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016
  • Obesity and its related chronic diseases from a corporate perspective
    MetroDoctors. 2016
  • Strategic priorities for physical activity surveillance in the United States
    Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2016
  • Structured diet and physical activity programmes provide strong evidence of effectiveness for type 2 diabetes prevention and improvement of cardiometabolic health
    Evidence-Based Medicine. 2016
  • The application of systems science to addressing obesity at the workplace: tapping into unexplored potential
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016
  • Validation and dimensionality of the Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion Score: evidence from the PULSE Small Business and VA Medical Center surveys
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016
  • Wellness Champions Networks: a best practice resource for workplace wellness programs
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2016
  • Combined diet and physical activity promotion programs for prevention of diabetes: Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement
    Annals of Internal Medicine. 2015
  • Corporate America and community health: exploring the business case for investment
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015
  • Design recommendations for active workplaces
    2015
  • Guidance to employers on integrating e-cigarettes/electronic nicotine delivery systems into tobacco worksite policy
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015
  • Integrating health promotion and occupational safety and health in manufacturing worksites: perspectives of leaders in small-to-medium sized businesses
    Work (Reading, Mass.). 2015
  • Kenneth H. Cooper: health promotion pioneer (game changer)
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2015
  • LifeWorks@TURCK: a best practice case study on workplace well-being program design
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2015
  • Obesity and corporate America: getting to solutions
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2015
  • Organizational characteristics influence implementation of worksite health protection and promotion programs: evidence from smaller businesses
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015
  • Sit, stand, learn: using workplace wellness sit-stand results to improve student behavior and learning
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2015
  • Twenty-two health promotion pioneers
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2015
  • Validation of a new metric for assessing the integration of health protection and health promotion in a sample of small- and medium-sized employer groups
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015
  • Workforce fitness: description, contextual issues, and implications for public health
    2015
  • Workplace wellness recognition for optimizing workplace health: a presidential advisory from the American Heart Association
    Circulation. 2015
  • Best practice design principles of worksite health and wellness programs
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2014
  • Bicycling to work at Quality Bicycle Products: a case example for active transportation in the business and industry sector
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2014
  • Organization of primary care practice for providing energy balance care
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2014
  • Placing workplace wellness in proper context: value beyond money
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014
  • Primary prevention and health promotion at the workplace: making things visible
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2014
  • Public and health professionals' misconceptions about the dynamics of body weight gain/loss
    2014
  • Team-based care to improve blood pressure control: recommendation of the Community Preventive Services Task Force
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014
  • The association between optimal lifestyle-related health behaviors and employee productivity
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014
  • The relationship between physical activity and care-seeking behavior among employed adults
    Journal of physical activity & health. 2014
  • An integrated framework for assessing the value of community-based prevention: a report of the Institute of Medicine
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013
  • Integrated worker health protection and promotion programs: overview and perspectives on health and economic outcomes
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2013
  • Integration of health protection and health promotion: rationale, indicators, and metrics
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2013
  • Leveraging lifestyle medicine and social policy to extend the triple aim from the clinic into the community
    American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2013
  • Meeting the million hearts goal
    Minnesota Medicine. 2013
  • Optimizing work with play. A gamification primer
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2013
  • The effect of price reduction on salad bar purchases at a corporate cafeteria
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2013
  • Visualizing health and productivity
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2013
  • Worker health and health care reform: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at work
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2013
  • A best practice resource for worksite health practitioners: the IAWHP online certificate course
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2012
  • An optimal lifestyle metric: four simple behaviors that affect health, cost and productivity
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2012
  • Creating an integrated model of employee health
    Worksite Health Int. 2012
  • Economic evaluation of a weight control program with e-mail and telephone counseling among overweight employees: a randomized controlled trial
    The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2012
  • Improving adolescent health through interventions targeted to parents and other caregivers: a recommendation
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Integrated worker health: the fusion of worker health protection and promotion
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2012
  • Knowledge of energy balance guidelines and associated clinical care practices: the U.S. National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care Among Primary Care Physicians
    Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Methods for conducting community guide systematic reviews of evidence on effectiveness and economic efficiency of group-based behavioral interventions to prevent adolescent pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus, and other sexually transmitted infections: comprehensive risk reduction and abstinence education
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Recommendation from the community preventive services task force for use of collaborative care for the management of depressive disorders
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Recommendations for group-based behavioral interventions to prevent adolescent pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus, and other sexually transmitted infections: comprehensive risk reduction and abstinence education
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Reducing occupational sitting time and improving worker health: the Take-a-Stand Project, 2011
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2012
  • The simple health system rules that create value
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2012
  • Updated recommendations for client- and provider-oriented interventions to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Adherence to optimal lifestyle behaviors is related to emotional health indicators among employees
    Population health management. 2011
  • Comparative effectiveness of lifestyle interventions on cardiovascular risk factors among a Dutch overweight working population: a randomized controlled trial
    BMC public health. 2011
  • Effectiveness of phone and e-mail lifestyle counseling for long term weight control among overweight employees
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011
  • Preventing chronic disease in the workplace: a workshop report and recommendations
    American Journal of Public Health. 2011
  • Protecting and promoting health at the worksite through company policy
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2011
  • Recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services to decrease asthma morbidity through home-based, multi-trigger, multicomponent interventions
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011
  • Recommendations on dram shop liability and overservice law enforcement initiatives to prevent excessive alcohol consumption and related harms
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011
  • Shared learnings: leveraging worksite health promotion research for health behavior change in primary care [eLetter]
    Annals of Family Medicine. 2011
  • The association between health assessment-derived summary health scores and health care costs
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011
  • The use of telehealth technology in assessing the accuracy of self-reported weight and the impact of a daily immediate-feedback intervention among obese employees
    International journal of telemedicine and applications. 2011
  • U.S. primary care physicians' diet-, physical activity-, and weight-related care of adult patients
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011
  • Worksite health promotion: a global approach
    ACSMs Health Fitness J. 2011
  • A systematic review of selected interventions for worksite health promotion. The assessment of health risks with feedback
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010
  • Assessment and outcomes of HealthPartners 10,000 Steps program in an academic work site
    Health promotion practice. 2010
  • Maintaining physical activity among older adults: 24-month outcomes of the Keep Active Minnesota randomized controlled trial
    Preventive Medicine. 2010
  • Population reach and recruitment bias in a maintenance RCT in physically active older adults
    Journal of physical activity & health. 2010
  • Satisfaction with a weight loss program: what matters?
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2010
  • The association between optimal lifestyle adherence and short-term incidence of chronic conditions among employees
    Population health management. 2010
  • The association between physical activity, productivity, and health care utilization among employees in Brazil
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010
  • The practical use of evidence. Practice and research connected
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010
  • Worksite health promotion how much do we really know about what works?
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010
  • Does prevention save money?
    Health Affairs. 2009
  • Physical activity promotion as a strategic corporate priority to improve worker health and business performance
    Preventive Medicine. 2009
  • Physical activity promotion in business and industry: evidence, context, and recommendations for a national plan
    Journal of physical activity & health. 2009
  • Preventing and managing cardiometabolic risk: the logic for intervention
    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009
  • Readiness of US health plans to manage cardiometabolic risk
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2009
  • Self-weighing promotes weight loss for obese adults
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009
  • Taking on the social determinants of health: a framework for action
    Minnesota Medicine. 2009
  • Telephone counseling and home telemonitoring: the Weigh by Day Trial
    American Journal of Health Behavior. 2009
  • The comparative effectiveness of heart disease prevention and treatment strategies
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009
  • A new approach to physical activity maintenance: rationale, design, and baseline data from the Keep Active Minnesota Trial
    BMC Geriatrics. 2008
  • Maintaining physical activity among older adults: six-month outcomes of the Keep Active Minnesota randomized controlled trial
    Preventive Medicine. 2008
  • Proactive recruitment of health plan smokers into telephone counseling
    Nicotine & tobacco research. 2007
  • Mail and phone interventions for weight loss in a managed-care setting: weigh-to-be 2-year outcomes
    International Journal of Obesity (2005). 2006
  • Physical activity optimizing practice through research
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2006
  • Telephone-based counseling improves dietary fat, fruit, and vegetable consumption: a best-evidence synthesis
    Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2006
  • Tobacco cessation interventions in dental networks: a practice-based evaluation of the impact of education on provider knowledge, referrals, and pharmacotherapy use
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2006
  • Characteristics of adults who use prayer as an alternative therapy
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2005
  • Frequency of physician-directed assistance for smoking cessation in patients receiving cessation medications
    Archives of Internal Medicine. 2005
  • Health care charges associated with physical inactivity, overweight, and obesity
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2005
  • Offering telephone counseling to smokers using pharmacotherapy
    Nicotine & tobacco research. 2005
  • A randomized trial of telephone counseling with adult moist snuff users
    American Journal of Health Behavior. 2004
  • Addressing multiple behavioral risk factors in primary care. A synthesis of current knowledge and stakeholder dialogue sessions
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2004
  • Lifestyle behavior change and coronary artery disease: effectiveness of a telephone-based counseling program
    Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2004
  • Meeting recommendations for multiple healthy lifestyle factors. Prevalence, clustering, and predictors among adolescent, adult, and senior health plan members
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2004
  • The association between work performance and physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and obesity
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2004
  • Changes in physical activity and short-term changes in health care charges: a prospective cohort study of older adults
    Preventive Medicine. 2003
  • Identifying individuals at risk for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2003
  • Smoking cessation attempts in relation to prior health care charges: the effect of antecedent smoking-related symptoms?
    American Journal of Health Promotion. 2003
  • A platform for population-based weight management: description of a health plan-based integrated systems approach
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2002
  • Complementary and alternative medicine use among health plan members. A cross-sectional survey
    Effective Clinical Practice. 2002
  • Physical inactivity and short-term all-cause mortality in adults with chronic disease
    Archives of Internal Medicine. 2001
  • Professional advice and readiness to change behavioral risk factors among members of a managed care organization
    American Journal of Managed Care. 2001
  • Screening for diabetes mellitus in high-risk patients: cost, yield, and acceptability
    Effective Clinical Practice. 2001
  • The role of the certified diabetes educator in telephone counseling
    Diabetes Educator. 2001
  • Health behaviors of smokers, ex-smokers, and never smokers in an HMO
    Preventive Medicine. 2000
  • Editorial Article
  • Addressing sedentary behavior at the worksite: is it time for practice-guided and systems-informed research [editorial]?
    Industrial Health.  59. 2021
  • Neuroplasticity and the role of exercise and diet on cognition [editorial]
    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  113. 2021
  • Obesity, biased mental models, and stigma in the context of the obesity COVID-19 syndemic [editorial]
    NAM Perspectives: Expert Voices in Health & Health Care.  2021
  • A closer look at mask data shows health, economic benefits [editorial]
    2020
  • Leveraging the rest of society: aligning Healthy People 2030, well-being in the nation, and other national health indicators with workplace health and well-being [editorial]
    American Journal of Health Promotion.  34. 2020
  • The Art of Health Promotion: linking research to practice [editorial]
    American Journal of Health Promotion.  34. 2020
  • Public health, business, and the shared value of workforce health and wellbeing [editorial]
    2019
  • To run a business more responsibly, start with employee health
    2019
  • A systems science perspective on addressing obesity in the Veterans Health Administration [editorial]
    Journal of General Internal Medicine.  32. 2017
  • Philanthropy and beyond: creating shared value to promote well-being for individuals in their communities [editorial]
    The Permanente journal.  21. 2017
  • Invisible seams: Preventing childhood obesity through an improved obstetrics-pediatrics care continuum [editorial]
    Preventive medicine reports.  5. 2016
  • Commentary: a conversation on total worker health [editorial]
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  55. 2013
  • Notes from the field: planting, nurturing, and watching things grow: for the Community Preventive Services Task Force [editorial]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  45. 2013
  • Notes from the field: planting, nurturing, and watching things grow: for worksite health promotion [editorial]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  45. 2013
  • The power of context: moving from information and knowledge to practical wisdom for improving physical activity and dietary behaviors [editorial]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  42. 2012
  • Chapter
  • A conceptual model for guiding integrated interventions and research: pathways through the conditions of work
    Total worker health. 2019
  • Physical activity at the workplace
    Physical activity and public health practice. 2019
  • Betriebliche Strukturen und Gesundheitsförderung (Operational structures and health promotion)
    Struktur und Bewegung (Social structures, physical structures, physiological structures) . 2018
  • Sedentary behavior and worksite interventions
    Sedentary behavior and health: concepts, assessments, and interventions. 2017
  • Be well at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
    Health: our business (volume 2): case studies from the corporate world, putting health and wellbeing into action. 2016
  • Addressing obesity at the workplace
    Health promotion in the workplace. 2015
  • Case study: the power of community in population health: PowerUp for kids
    Population health: creating a culture of wellness. 2015
  • Health promotion in health systems
    Lifestyle medicine. 2013
  • Bewegungsförderung im Betrieb: ein wichtiger Baustein der multifaktoriell konzipierten Betrieblichen Gesundheitsforderung (Promoting physical activity in the workplace: an important building block of multifactorial corporate health promotion)
    Handbuch Bewegungsförderung und Gesundheit (Handbook of physical activity and health). 2012
  • Review
  • Defining the importance of stress reduction in managing cardiovascular disease - the role of exercise [review]
    Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. 2022
  • Current activities centered on healthy living and recommendations for the future: a position statement from the HL-PIVOT Network [review]
    Current Problems in Cardiology. 2021
  • Implementing movement at the workplace: Approaches to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior in the context of work [review]
    Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. 2021
  • Dissemination and implementation science for public health professionals: an overview and call to action [review]
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2018
  • Obesity in the workplace: impact, outcomes, and recommendations [systematic review]
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018
  • Cost and economic benefit of clinical decision support systems for cardiovascular disease prevention: a community guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2017
  • Economics of self-measured blood pressure monitoring: a Community Guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2017
  • Alcohol electronic screening and brief intervention: A Community Guide systematic review [review article]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • Increasing coverage of appropriate vaccinations: a Community Guide systematic economic review [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • Obesity treatment at HealthPartners: adaptation of clinical guidelines into systems for practice operations [review]
    2016
  • Reducing children's recreational sedentary screen time: recommendation of the Community Preventive Services Task Force [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • Reducing recreational sedentary screen time: a Community Guide systematic review [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • A systematic review of real-world diabetes prevention programs: learnings from the last 15 years [review, systematic review]
    Implementation science. 2015
  • An integrated framework for the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases [review]
    Health Affairs. 2015
  • Clinical decision support systems and prevention: a Community Guide cardiovascular disease systematic review [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015
  • Clinical decision support systems recommended to prevent cardiovascular disease [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015
  • Economic evaluation of combined diet and physical activity promotion programs to prevent type 2 diabetes among persons at increased risk: a systematic review for the Community Preventive Services Task Force [review, systematic review]
    Annals of Internal Medicine. 2015
  • Economics of team-based care in controlling blood pressure: a Community Guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2015
  • Fitness of the US workforce [review]
    Annual Review of Public Health. 2015
  • Recommendation to reduce patients' blood pressure and cholesterol medication costs [review]
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2015
  • Reducing medication costs to prevent cardiovascular disease: a community guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    Preventing Chronic Disease. 2015
  • Making the workplace a more effective site for prevention of noncommunicable diseases in adults [review]
    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014
  • Team-based care and improved blood pressure control: a Community Guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014
  • Economics of collaborative care for management of depressive disorders: a community guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Effectiveness of interventions to increase screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers: nine updated systematic reviews for the guide to community preventive services [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Person-to-person interventions targeted to parents and other caregivers to improve adolescent health: a community guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • The effectiveness of group-based comprehensive risk-reduction and abstinence education interventions to prevent or reduce the risk of adolescent pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus, and sexually transmitted infections: two systematic reviews for the Guide to Community Preventive Services [meta-analysis, review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012
  • Economic value of home-based, multi-trigger, multicomponent interventions with an environmental focus for reducing asthma morbidity a community guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011
  • Effectiveness of home-based, multi-trigger, multicomponent interventions with an environmental focus for reducing asthma morbidity: a community guide systematic review [review, systematic review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011
  • Effects of dram shop liability and enhanced overservice law enforcement initiatives on excessive alcohol consumption and related harms: two community guide systematic reviews [review]
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011
  • Policy Briefs
  • Closing evidence gaps in clinical prevention
    2021
  • Exploring strategies for sustainable systems-wide changes to reduce the prevalence of obesity: proceedings of a workshop in brief
    2021
  • Health People 2030: The integration of mental health into well-being for all [Section B]
    2020
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force 2018-2019 Annual Report to Congress: Supporting Community Health and National Security
    2018
  • Complex systems science and modeling
    2018
  • Health and well-being
    2018
  • Health equity
    2018
  • Introduction to the briefs
    2018
  • Summary measures of health and well-being
    2018
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force 2017 Annual Report to Congress: Providing the Science to Support Military Readiness and Resilience
    2017
  • Optimizing the process for establishing the dietary guidelines for Americans: the selection process
    2017
  • Redesigning the process for establishing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    2017
  • Working toward engaging local businesses in community obesity solutions: a preliminary account from the field
    2017
  • Assessing prevelence and trends in obesity: navigating the evidence
    2016
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force 2016 Annual report to Congress: using evidence to improve health outcomes
    2016
  • Examining access to nutrition care in outpatient cancer centers: proceedings of a workshop
    2016
  • New summary measures of population health and well-being for implementation by health plans and accountable care organizations
    2016
  • Reporting on health: a roadmap for investors, companies and reporting platforms
    2016
  • The role of business in multisector obesity solutions: working together for positive change: workshop in brief
    2016
  • familyPower: a referral-based pediatric obesity treatment program that connects clinic to family: discussion paper
    2016
  • Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities: Workshop Summary
    2015
  • Cross-Sector Responses to Obesity: Models for Change: Workshop Summary
    2015
  • Culture of health measures. Phase II report: identifying measures
    2015
  • Three ways for employers to build healthy communities--and healthy employees
    2015
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force 2014-2015 annual report to Congress federal agencies and prevention stakeholders, including a special update on recommendations to prevent cancers: guiding community health outcomes through evidence
    2014
  • Environmental scan: measuring a culture of health
    2014
  • Environmental scan: role of corporate America in community health and wellness
    2014
  • Phase II: Developing the business case. Role of corporate America in community health and wellness
    2014
  • Promising and best practices in Total Worker Health: workshop summary
    2014
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force 2013 Annual Report to Congress and to Agencies Related to the Work of the Task Force
    2013
  • Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress
    2013
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force 2012 annual report to Congress and to agencies related to the work of the Task Force
    2012
  • Community Preventive Services Task Force First Annual Report to Congress and to agencies related to the work of the Task Force
    2011
  • Physical inactivity: the toll on health care costs and reduced productivity. Toolkit for the National Business Group on Health (NBGH)
    2011
  • When leisure time exercise may not be enough to improve health: toolkit for the National Business Group on Health
    2011
  • The 25th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy: Health Care Reform: challenges and opportunities for behavioral health care
    2009
  • Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks
    2007
  • Integrating Employee Health: A Model Program for NASA.
    2005
  • Safe Work in the 21st Century. Education and training needs for the next decade's occupational safety and health personnel. Committee to assess training needs for occupational safety and health personnel in the United States, Health Sciences Policy Division
    2000
  • presentations
    Presentation
  • A systems approach to workplace integration of safety and health [presentation]
  • Addressing obesity at the workplace [lecture]
  • Addressing physical inactivity at the workplace: issues and solutions [presentations]
  • Addressing sedentary behavior at the worksite [presentation], American Cancer Society Corporate Impact Conference
  • Behavior, health and work performance: a simple metric [presentation]
  • Biomarkers as indicators of health [presentation]
  • Building a business case for worksite health promotion [lecture]
  • Building a business case for worksite health promotion [presentation]
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness as a primary risk factor: implications, opportunities, and challenges within managed care [presentation]
  • Connecting clinic with worksite: extending reach, improving health [presentation], Family Medicine Today Conference
  • Connecting worksite health and public health [presentation]
  • Connecting worksite with clinic for health outcomes [presentation]
  • Cost effectiveness: comparing exercise to pills and procedures [presentation]
  • Creating the business case for employee health management [presentation]
  • Culture matters: improving workforce health, safety, function, and performance [presentation]
  • Design matters: well-designed programs can improve health as well as save money [presentation], IAWHP (International Association for Worksite Health Promotion) Pre-Conference at the ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit
  • Diabetes prevention [presentation]
  • Employer outcomes of Total Worker Health initiatives [presentation], National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Conference
  • Employer-community committee update to HERO (Health Enhancement Research Organization) Think Tank [presentation]
  • Engaging members and driving improvement in population health [panel discussion]
  • Evidence-based worksite health [presentation]
  • Evidence-based worksite health [presentation]
  • Evidence-based worksite health promotion: key features for successful programs [presentation], Ministry of Health Conference
  • From research to roadmap: frameworks to connect knowing and doing [presentation]
  • From the field: developing integrated measurement tools [presentation], Occupational Stress and Health 10th International Conference
  • Functional movement and workplace health promotion [presentation]
  • Getting to value: the role of workplace health and well-being programs in corporate success [presentation]
  • Good health is good business: perspectives on ROI estimation for workplace health and well-being programs [presentation]
  • Health and well-being of the workforce [lecture]
  • Health promoting technology in the workplace [presentation], Ministry of Health Conference
  • Healthy community = healthy company: perspectives on the value of connecting workplace and community health initiatives [presentation]
  • Healthy should be simple: an optimal lifestyle metric. Relationship of 4 simple behaviors on disease incidence, emotional health, health care costs, and workplace productivity [presentation]
  • Healthy workplaces - healthy communities [presentation]
  • Healthy workplaces, healthy communities: leveraging health beyond the workplace [presentation]
  • Increasing engagement through organizational-level influence [presentation], HERO (Health Enhancement Research Organization) Forum Pre-Conference - University Summit 2013 for Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness
  • Innovations to build a culture of health and performance [presentation], National Business Group on Health, Institute on Health Productivity and Human Capital 27th National Conference on Health, Productivity, and Human Capital
  • Introduction of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), Business and Industry Sector [presentation]
  • Is "Exercise is Medicine" (EIM) good business [presentation]?
  • Making the business case for healthy lifestyle behaviors to prevent non-communicable diseases [presentation]
  • Making worksite health promotion work [presentation]
  • Move more, sit less: worksite-based perspectives [presentation]
  • Nudging workplaces toward physical activity [presentation]
  • Optimal lifestyle behaviors and employee productivity [presentation], Occupational Stress and Health 10th International Conference
  • Optimal lifestyle: a simple metric for employee health, costs, and productivity [presentation]
  • Overview of corporate health and well-being services [presentation]
  • Physical activity and health promotion through health systems [presentation]
  • Physical activity promotion at the workplace: design matters [presentation]
  • Practical tools for assessing and reporting total worker health in small to medium-sized businesses [presentation]
  • Practical tools for assessing and reporting total worker health in small to medium-sized businesses [presentation]
  • Preventing diabetes at the worksite [presentation]
  • Protecting and promoting health at the worksite is good business [presentation], New Age of Health Care Conference
  • Questions that matter: our own role in creating and sustaining a healthy culture at work and in our communities [presentation]
  • Reducing prolonged sitting time in the office with sit-to-stand workstations: impact on health and productivity [presentation], Marconi Conference
  • Resiliency in the workplace: the resilient employer [presentation]
  • Sedentary behavior and worksite interventions [presentation], Sedentary Behavior and Health Conference
  • Simple moves to change the game [presentation]
  • Sit-stand presentation [presentation]
  • The WHO Healthy Workplace model: from strategy to action [presentation]
  • The occupational athlete: protecting and promoting health in the workplace improves worker performance, optimizes productivity, and reduces health care costs [presentation]
  • The value of health [presentation]
  • The value of health. Perspectives on productivity, cost, and the value proposition for workplace health and well-being programs [presentation]
  • The value of health: perspectives on productivity, cost, and the value proposition for workplace health and well-being programs [presentation]
  • The value of health: perspectives on the rationale and value proposition for workplace health and well-being programs [presentation]
  • The value of worksite health and wellness: context, perspectives, and contemporary viewpoints [presentation]
  • The wellness factor: how providers, payors, and corporations are pushing patient responsibility [presentation], University of Saint Thomas Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care
  • Trends and opportunities in worksite health promotion [presentation]
  • Value of investing in a healthy workplace and workforce [session chair]
  • Value of workplace health [presentation]
  • Well-being and life satisfaction. Associations observed in an employed population [presentation], Occupational Stress and Health 10th International Conference
  • What works in worksite health promotion: findings and recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services [presentation]
  • Workplace wellness in flux: making wellness work [presentation], Modern Healthcare Workplace of the Future Conference
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