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Lambrecht, Keith W.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

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.


Bibliography: pages [40]-42.


61 pages




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