Author(s): Terry PE, Seaverson EL, Grossmeier J, Anderson DR
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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.
This article was published in Am J Health Promot
and referenced in Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy