J Occup Environ Med 2019 05;61(5):357-372
Employee Health & Benefits, Sarasota County Government, Sarasota (Dr Lord, Ms Deem, Ms Bray-Richarson); Aetna Inc., Tampa (Ms Pitchford); Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (Mr Drennon), Sarasota, Florida.
Objective: To determine whether a 6-week Positivity Program could impact employee cardiovascular inflammation, blood sugars, cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and/or life satisfaction.
Methods: Pre- and post-study blood draw and life satisfaction questionnaire tracked changes in 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory biomarkers for 63 employees who participated in a 6-week Positivity Program comprised of three interventions: gratitude, HeartMath's Heart Lock-In, and yoga stretches with guided imagery.
Results: Improvements were recorded in life satisfaction as well as in seven of 10 cardiovascular and inflammatory biomarkers, including high sensitivity C-reactive protein (HsCRP) (-27%), hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) (-1%), glucose (-2%), myeloperoxidase (MPO) (-5%), lipoprotein-associated phospholipase-A2 (Lp-PLA2) (-9%), apolipoprotein B (ApoB) (-6%), and DHEA (1%). Read More