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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

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2010 - Volume 52 - Issue 11 - p 1112–1118
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f9ee8c
Original Articles

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.

From the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Newark, NJ.

Address correspondence to: Riva Touger-Decker PhD, RD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. School of Health Related Professions, Department of Nutritional Sciences, 65 Bergen Street, Room 157, Newark, NJ 07101-1709; Email:

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