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The correlates of sugar-sweetened beverages among technology company employees in Miaoli County
attitude toward sweetened beverages
workplace health promotion
The main purpose of this study is to investigate the behavior of Miaoli Technology Company Staffs taking Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) by adopting the cross-sectional investigation method. For this study, we have included factors such as staff’s background, rationale for buying SSBs, their knowledge on SSBs, attitude of SSBs, and refusing to take the relationship between the self-efficacy of SSBs . In this study we have collected 233 valid questionnaires (with an effective recovery rate of 89.61%) from the employees of a technology company in Miaoli. We can revealed the following conclusions form from the questionnaire： 1. These subjects come from Miaoli Technology Company which is a predominantly male environment (about 66.52%), and their age range are around 30-39 (45.49%), and their education level is the highest in the specialist and university (42.92%). In these samples about 48.07% have a good sleep quality and about 67.38% of them can get SSBs from home or work place within five minutes. 80.26% of employees feel that it is "convenient" to get SSBs in their living . The main resource about SSBs information that they can get is from the Internet. The main choice consideration of SSBs is based on "their taste flavor". The subjects intake SSBs is 2,335 ml per week and the main categories of them were tea and coffee. 2. There is significance relation between the knowledge of SSBs, age and educational level. Employees under the age of 39 and those with a master's degree or above have better knowledge of SSBs. There is significance relation between the attitude of SSBs, gender and age . Employees under the age 40-49 year olds and female have better attitude of SSBs. There is significance relation between the self-efficacy of refusing SSBs , age. Employees under the age 40-49 year olds have better self-efficacy of SSBs. 3. The behavior of these subjects in intaked SSBs varies significantly depending on their "gender", "age " and "educational level". Among these subjects, male employees who fall under the age of 39 (including), with High school education level intakes more sweetened beverages. The attitude of SSBs andthe self-efficacy of refusing SSBs shows negative correlation between taking and refusing to intakes sweetened beverages. 4. In this study the variances of SSBs intakes which could be explained by all research variables was up to 51.1%. The main predictors are gender, age, educational level, the attitude of SSBs , the self-efficacy of refusing SSBs, frequency of contact with SSBs and purchasing condition. The most important predictor toward SSBs intakes was self-efficacy of refusing SSBs. 5. According to the result of this research, many suggestions were presented to health authorities and workplace health service medical staff. These suggestions includes specifications on the avoid SSBs course content design, and Priority implementation people, strengthening the supply of workplace foods, increasing health awareness thru information management , Establish a healthy workplace sugar-free beverages support environment and policy. It can be expected to help the establishment of a healthy workplace environment to improve the physical health of employees, increase work efficiency and output, and reduce diseases caused by diseases. The cost of absence from sick leave, which in turn makes employers agree that promoting workplace health promotion is the most effective investment.
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