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J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Nov;49(11):1212-7.

A lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees: examination of health and economic outcomes.

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Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. mchughes@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the health and economic outcomes associated with a comprehensive weight management program delivered to employees.

METHODS:

Data collected on 516 individuals participating in a lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees from three corporations were analyzed at baseline and intervention-end (26 or 52 weeks). One-year post-intervention data for two subgroups were examined for pharmaceutical use (n = 61) and health outcomes (n = 46).

RESULTS:

Average body weight decreased 5.4% (P < 0.001) and average waist circumference decreased 7.2% (P < 0.001). Average blood pressure, Beck Depression Inventory scores, and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale scores improved (P < 0.001). At 1-year post-intervention, weight loss was maintained in a subgroup of 46 individuals. The average number of prescription drugs taken per participant decreased 44% in a subgroup of 61 individuals.

CONCLUSIONS:

An employer-sponsored, comprehensive weight management program may decrease weight, improve obesity-related outcomes, improve depressive symptoms, and decrease costs.

PMID:
17993925
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e318159489d
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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