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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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RODRIGUEZ-MONTERO, Alejandro et al. Anthropometric and Physical Fitness Indicators Related to Costa Rican Employee’s Health. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.1, pp.25-31. ISSN 1409-1429.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess anthropometric, physiological and physical fitness indicators related to Costa Rican employee´s health. Methods: A total of 965 subjects (379 men and 586 women) participated in this study. They came from different public and private companies, with an average age of 40,34 ± years. The weight was measured in kilos, with the model Tanita BF-682W. The fat percentage was assessed using the skin fold protocol with a caliper Lange brand, model 12-1 110. Results: A 19,5 % of the subjects have ranges of unhealthy systolic and diastolic blood pressures. The 57 % of the simple size qualified on unhealthy fat percentages, 67,9 % presented unhealthy BMI, and 37,5 % was categorized on high and very high risk of cardiovascular disease. All the variables of study  demonstrated  significant differences by sex (p ≤ 0,05). According to the age, younger people showed better average values related to health status (p ≤ 0,05) Discussion: The recorded data are consistent with those reported in the scientific literature. It was concluded that a high percentage of employees evaluated show unhealthy values. These results are a warning to the workplace to increase health promotion activities, to promote healthy food habits and physically active lifestyles on their workers.

Keywords : Health; Anthropometry; Physiology; Labor; Risk; Cardiac.

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