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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f9ee8c
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Workplace Weight Loss Program; Comparing Live and Internet Methods

Touger-Decker, Riva PhD, RD; Denmark, Robert PhD; Bruno, Maura DCN, RD, CDE; O’Sullivan-Maillet, Julie PhD, RD; Lasser, Norman MD, PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of the 12-week workplace intervention (WIP) on energy intake, weight, physical activity (PA) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and the effect of delivery method on outcomes.

Methods: A prospective clinical trial of a 12-week WIP comparing In-person and Internet-based delivery. All subjects received identical intervention with dietitian visits at baseline and weeks 6, 12 and 26. Subjects included overweight/obese academic health science center employees. Changes in weight, PA and CVD-risk were primary outcomes.

Results: There was no significant treatment effect repeated-measure-ANOVA. Within subjects, significant main effects indicating improvement were noted at week-12 in weight, WC, body-fat, HRQOL and energy intake and at week-26 in weight, WC, body-fat, HRQOL, energy intake and systolic and diastolic BP.

Conclusions: Improvements in some outcomes following a 12-week WIP were independent of delivery method.

©2010The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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