Learn what participant opportunities are currently available.

We’re offering employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of research studies around workplace wellness that will provide free access to unique and innovative programs.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of staff and medical staff, we’re offering employees the opportunity to participate in a variety of research studies around workplace wellness that will provide free access to unique and innovative programs.

By participating in these studies, you will not only have access to new resources to help you take care of yourself, you will be contributing to the overall advancement of workplace wellness practices at Fraser Health and beyond.

Research opportunities are listed below. 

Fit4WorkStudy – participant registration open January 28 – February 26, 2021 

What is the study about?

The Fit4Work Study is being conducted through Simon Fraser University (SFU), to evaluate the effectiveness of ‘Transform’ an online program that coaches participants towards a healthier lifestyle.

In collaboration with Virgin Pulse, researchers from SFU’s Beedie School of Business designed a study to evaluate the effectiveness of ‘Transform’, an online program developed by Virgin Pulse that coaches participants towards a healthier lifestyle (e.g., healthier diet, exercise, weight loss). This program can improve health, and our aim is to examine if Transform can also help employees to achieve better work outcomes (e.g., better focus, lower absenteeism). 

Who can participate?

  • Employees who work 24 hours (three days) per week or more.
  • We invite a diverse sample (old, young, healthy, unhealthy, working long hours, working regular hours, etc.) to participate in this study.
  • The intervention is aimed at individuals who are at risk of developing diabetes. As a result, we will only assign at risk individuals to the Transform group (50 spots). The control group can consist of up to 50 at risk individuals and up to 50 below risk individuals (100 spots total).

What will I need to do as a participant?

All participants will complete the Health Status survey, which takes about three minutes to complete and includes the risk assessment tool from the American Diabetes Association, to assess whether a participant is at risk to develop diabetes. All participants will receive their personal risk score via email.

Interested participants identified as at risk will be randomly assigned to enroll in either the Transform or Control group. Below risk participants will be assigned to the Control group.  

Transform group requirements 

Time investment: 

  • Information meeting (45 minutes)
  • Completing three questionnaires over six months (10-15 minutes per survey)
  • Transform modules and coaching (45 minutes per week during four months)
  • Physical exercise (150 minutes per week)

Benefits of being part of the transform group:

  • At the start of the program participants will receive a digital scale and have access to online sessions about exercise, diet, and mental resilience.
  • The opportunity to set and work on personal health goals (e.g., lose weight, change diet, increase exercise).
  • After four weeks of active participation, participants will receive a Fitbit.

Control group requirements

The control group helps us to reliably assess the effectiveness of Transform. For instance, we will compare if there are improvements in health and work outcomes of Transform participants that are not detected in the control group.

Time investment:

  • Completing three questionnaires over six months (10-15 minutes per survey)

Benefits of being part of the control group:

  • Participants receive a $20 VISA gift card if they complete all three surveys.
  • Participants could become more aware of their own work style, health, and work outcomes, which can lead to improvements in lifestyle and work habits.

How do I sign up to participate?

To express interest in participating in this study, please visit the Fit4Work website.

  • How long does the study run for?

    The study will run for four months from February to May.

  • What are the potential benefits to Fraser Health?

    The knowledge gained in this study has the potential to help employees and Fraser Health get a better understanding of the effectiveness of Transform as a health intervention in improving health and work outcomes.   

  • What are potential costs for employees and Fraser Health?

    There are no costs for Fraser Health or employees. The study has received ethics approval by Fraser Health’s REB (FHREB 2019-044, H19-01533) and is fully funded by an SSRHC Partnership Engage Grant. This means that we have all funding to run the study and Transform. Participants in the Transform group can keep the scale and Fitbit. 

  • What happens after the four month study is over? Do I still get support and/or access to resources?

    Participants are welcome to continue using the Transform platform on their own.

Contacts

Please contact the research team with questions: