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Short-term and Long-term Weight Management Results of a Large Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program

Scoggins, John F. PhD, MSc; Sakumoto, Karleen N. MA; Schaefer, Kerry S. MA; Bascom, Brooke BA; Robbins, Donald J. BA; Whalen, Caroline L. BA

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 11 - p 1215–1220
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182338676
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Objective: To evaluate the weight management results of Healthy IncentivesSM, an employer-sponsored wellness program started in 2006 by King County, Washington.

Methods: Changes in body mass index (BMI) and the percentages of those who lost 5% and 10% were compared for first-year participants, 5-year participants, and respondents to the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS).

Results: A total of 19,559 first-year participants lost weight on average, while the comparative MEPS sample gained weight, −0.80% versus 0.31% (P < 0.01). A total of 10,432 5-year participants also lost weight on average but not as much as during the first year, −0.47% versus −0.80% (P = 0.01). More obese first-year participants lost 5% of BMI than the MEPS sample, 28.5% versus 23.2% (P < 0.01). Thirty eight percent of obese 5-year participants lost 5%.

Conclusions: Healthy IncentivesSM achieved significant weight management benefits for both first-year and 5-year participants.

From the Economic Analysis Section, Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, Office of the King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle, Washington.

Address correspondence to: John F. Scoggins, PhD, MSc, Economic Analysis Section, Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, Office of the King County Executive Dow Constantine, CNK-EX-0810, 401 5th Ave, Suite 810, Seattle, WA 98104; john.scoggins@kingcounty.gov.

The authors have received no outside funding for this article.

Authors Scoggins, Sakumoto, Schaefer, Bascom, Robbins, and Whalen have no commercial interest related to this research.

The JOEM Editorial Board and planners have no financial interest related to this research.

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