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January 9, 1987

Fitness and Health in Industry

JAMA. 1987;257(2):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390020117040

"Program benefits range from increased worker satisfaction through productivity gains, reduction of absenteeism and turnover to improvements of health, reduction of injuries, favorable changes of life-style and enhanced geriatric prospects."

I have heard this conclusion in many a talk and read it in a variety of articles, but have never been so thoroughly convinced as when I read it at the end of Dr Shephard's book. This extensively referenced work (917 references, including 45 articles authored by Shephard) evaluates the theoretical and practical benefits of physical fitness and life-style change programs in industry.

The book is divided into three sections. "Perspectives in Work, Health and Leisure" presents the history of industrial fitness and the attitudes of military authorities and governments toward physical fitness. Costs of disease and current morbidity and mortality are analyzed, along with the potential for reducing them through life-style changes. The concepts and causes of job stress,