Lambrecht, Keith W.
M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)
Department of Physical Education
Industrial recreation--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area||Health promotion--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area||Physical fitness--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Three hundred eighty-eight corporations (239 medium-sized [500- 999 employees] and 149 large-sized [1,000 employees or more]) from the Chicago metropolitan area were surveyed to identify existing onsite employee fitness programs. Program components, facilities, director qualifications, and participant characteristics of large-sized corporation programs (LCP) and medium-sized corporation programs (MCP) were then compared. A total of 20 programs was identified (14 from the 141 responding large-sized corporations and 6 from the 92 responding medium-sized corporations). Of these 20 programs, 50% were located in large-sized suburban corporations, 20% in large-sized city corporations, 20% in medium-sized suburban corporations, and 10% in medium-sized city corporations. Overall, LCP had existed longer, demonstrated higher funding, and appeared to be more medically oriented as two-thirds of the MCP did not administer any type of fitness tests nor require medical releases - prior to participation. Although a majority of both LCP and MCP offered fitness, recreational, and educational activities, a larger variety of programs and facilities was provided by the LCP. Program directors of LCP also typically exhibited higher qualifications in terms of education, formal training, and work experience.
Rhodes, Janice E., "A comparison of medium- and large-sized on-site corporate fitness programs in the Chicago Metropolitan Area" (1988). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 168.
Northern Illinois University
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