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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).