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Wellness Program for EAMC Personnel: Challenges to Effect Change in Perception, Behaviour and Attitude | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Wellness Program for EAMC Personnel: Challenges to Effect Change in Perception, Behaviour and Attitude

Lorena Tuico Perdigon*
Public Health Unit, East Avenue Medical Center, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Corresponding Author : Lorena Tuico Perdigon
Public Health Unit, 2nd Floor OPD Annex Building
East Avenue Medical Center, East Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (+632) 9280611 loc 288, (+63922) 8894790
E-mail: [email protected]
Received September 10, 2013; Accepted November 15, 2013; Published November 18, 2013
Citation: Tuico Perdigon L (2013) Wellness Program for EAMC Personnel: Challenges to Effect Change in Perception, Behaviour and Attitude . J Obes Weight Loss Ther 3:199 doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000199
Copyright: © 2013 Tuico Perdigon L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The continuing rise in the prevalence of obesity calls for policies and strategies to address obesity and its resulting health- related problems. Implementing intervention programs on healthy weight management in the healthcare setting is challenging. Issues to consider are: management support to the program, physical and human resources to carry out the program, and the target group-the healthcare personnel-and their perception, and reception of the program. It is ironic that as healthcare personnel speak of and labour to prolong life and improve the quality of living between now and death, they themselves neglect to live a healthy life. The main concern here is the healthcare personnel, particularly their attitudes and behaviour, influenced by the organizational culture and individual beliefs, as one major challenge in the implementation of programs to address obesity. Among the lessons that could be learned from successful programs in the healthcare settings are: having clear plan of action, obtaining full support from management, creating a core team, innovating and maximizing resources, strengthening linkages, providing education, counselling, and a program of physical exercise. Following the causation pathway of weight problems- from environmental, lifestyle, and individual causes- obesity can be prevented through dedicated and concerted efforts to motivate behavioural change, and influence feelings and beliefs in an identified specific health concern, which is obesity.

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