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Am J Health Promot. 2011 Jan-Feb;25(3):186-9. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.081112-QUAN-281.

Effectiveness of a worksite telephone-based weight management program.

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  • 1StayWell Health Management, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55121, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Examine the long-term impact of a telephone-based weight management program among participants recruited from worksite settings.

DESIGN:

Pre/post quasi-experimental design comparing weight loss and related behaviors between program completers and noncompleters.

SETTING:

Ten large private-sector and public-sector employers.

SUBJECTS:

Overweight or obese participants (n  =  1298) enrolled in a telephone-based weight management program.

INTERVENTION:

Individually tailored telephone-based weight management coaching program that included up to five calls over a median of 250 days.

MEASURES:

Weight, body mass index, and lifestyle behaviors assessed via health risk assessment at baseline and 1-year follow-up.

ANALYSIS:

Chi-square and one-way analysis of variance procedures were used to assess between-group differences in weight and associated behaviors, with criterion for significance set at p < .05.

RESULTS:

Among weight management program participants, 48% of program completers and 47% of noncompleters lost weight, but program completers averaged 2.6 times more weight loss than noncompleters. Improvements in physical activity, eating habits, and overall health status were reported for completers.

CONCLUSION:

The weight loss attained among participants who lost weight, along with the improvements in physical activity and nutrition practices, suggests that a telephone-based weight management program of modest intensity can have a positive impact on the health of obese or overweight worksite participants.

PMID:
21192748
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