Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Connie Chan


This paper analyzes the availability of workplace health and wellness programs among Commonwealth of Massachusetts and municipal employees within the state. In addition, it evaluates the decision-making process that goes into building such a system as well as the benefits and limitations of health and wellness programs at both the municipal and state level. Within the employee base, the decisions related to healthy living are investigated, such as eating habits, exercise frequency and priority of living a healthy lifestyle. When compared between groups, it was found that municipal employees have a higher likelihood of living a healthy lifestyle compared to their Commonwealth employee counterparts. This is due to higher availability of health and wellness programs, more healthy food options near work and higher levels of job satisfaction. Findings also included a desire to be a part of a workplace health and wellness program but a lack of current options, a current struggle to incorporate exercise into a daily routine, and a lack of healthy food options near many workplaces. Recommendations include ensuring that the message about health and wellness programs is reaching employees, beginning exercise programs with inclusive activities for all staff, finding low-cost opportunities to promote healthy living, and encouraging flexibility among employers to allow their staff to exercise during the workday.