ABLE Program

Northwood Choose Health


NorthwoodImage1Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Northwood is one of the largest long term care, independent living and community outreach organization in Eastern Canada.

Six seminar-style work-life balance and stress-management sessions were conducted at Northwood on a monthy basis from February - July, 2006. Employees also participated in concurrent exercise and nutrition programs. Data were collected at the beginning of the program (Time 1), following the 3rd session (Time 2), and at the end of the program (Time 3).


Results of Choose Health

Significant increases in: Significant decreases in:
  • Positive Mood
  • Healthy lifestyle practices
  • Job related well-being*
  • Strain (i.e., physical symptoms)
  • Perceived stress
  • Work-life conflict
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Negative mood*

Please note that negative mood did not decrease until Time 3. The initial gain in job-related well-being at Time 2 was not maintained at Time 3.


Workers Compensation Board Claims and Attendance Rates (2005 vs 2006)

  • 25% improvement in attendance from 2005 to 2006 (i.e., average days missed dropped from 8 to 6)
  • 18% reduction in Workers Compensation Board claims from 2005 to 2006 (i.e., average uses dropped from .22 to .18)

Participant Feedback

"I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to participate in this pilot project. Lessions learned enabled me to make changes in my lifestyle, contribuiting to a successful work/life balance. I thank Northwood for providing this to staff."

"I have definitely become more interested in being healthy-currently in an exercise routine and eating better. Everyone should try to experience this, even if you only gain one improvement- it's more than what you had."