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Effect of Nurses Living Fit™ Exercise and Nutrition Intervention on Body Mass Index in Nurses

Speroni, Karen Gabel PhD, MHSA, BSN, RN; Earley, Cynthia BSN, RN; Seibert, Dorothy MSN, RN, CIC; Kassem, Mary MSN, RN; Shorter, Gail MSN, RN, CEN; Ware, Catherine C. BSN, RN-BC, CCRN; Kosak, Erin BSN, RN; Atherton, Martin DrPH

Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - p 231–238
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31824cce4c
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Objective: The hospital-based Nurses Living Fit (NLF) intervention was implemented by nurses to determine its effect on decreasing body mass index (BMI) in nurse participants.

Background: Although there are limited data on obesity rates of nurses working in the United States, more than half are estimated to be overweight or obese.

Methods: The NLF intervention included exercise (12 weekly sessions), yoga and nutrition (4 monthly sessions), and diary completion (exercise/yoga, food/water consumption, and sleep), addressing healthy lifestyle principles.

Results: NLF participants experienced a greater mean reduction in BMI and waist circumference inches. Ninety-three percent of NLF participants recommended the NLF program.

Conclusions: Provision of an evidence-based program such as NLF facilitates nurse education on healthy lifestyle principles.

Author Affiliations: Director, Nursing Research (Dr Speroni), Staff Nurse (Ms Earley), Analyst (Ms Seibert), Manager (Ms Kassem), Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, Virginia and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia; Manager (Ms Shorter), Shore Health System, Cambridge, Maryland; Vascular Care Specialist (Ms Ware), Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown, Maryland; Staff Nurse (Ms Kosak), St Francis Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina; Biostatistician (Dr Atherton), Inova Loudoun Hospital, Leesburg, Virginia.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Karen Gabel Speroni, PhD, MHSA, BSN, RN, Nursing Research, Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Pkwy, Leesburg, VA 20176 ( kgabelsperoni@smartneighborhood.net).

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.