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WINNING LOSERS AT WORK: Organizing Worksite Competitions to Promote Weight Management

Garcia, David O. M.S., C.E.S.; Wisniewski, Lisa M. M.S.; Rickman, Amy D. Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3182798160
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE To enhance the knowledge of health and fitness professionals regarding key recommendations to consider when organizing worksite competitions to promote health behavior change related to weight loss.

The workplace represents an ideal environment to promote health initiatives because most adults spend a majority of their time at work. Overall, to achieve successful health behavior change, a worksite competition is recommended to be creative, specific, well planned, and interactive while providing participants with support to engage in healthy behaviors. Thus, this feature article highlights key recommendations to consider when organizing worksite competitions to promote positive health behavior change related to weight loss.

David O. Garcia, M.S., C.E.S., is a doctoral candidate and a senior research manager at the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has developed and implemented physical activity and weight management programs for corporate and community partners.

Lisa M. Wisniewski, M.S., is a doctoral candidate at the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has developed and implemented physical activity and weight management programs for corporate and community partners.

Amy D. Rickman, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., FACSM, is an assistant professor and assistant director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rickman has significant experience in developing and implementing effective behavioral interventions for weight control.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

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