The aim of the study was to assess weight loss
outcomes among participants (N
= 1090) of a weight management program across multiple worksites (N
= 10) in a retrospective analysis.
Weekly classes focused on diet, exercise, and behavior change. One employer provided incentives
for weight loss
and two incentivized weight loss
and class attendance.
Mean weight loss
= 1090; 79.3% female) was −2.9% (SD = 3.0%). Average number of classes attended was 6.87/10 (SD = 2.9) and was significantly correlated with percent weight change (r
= −0.46; P
< 0.001). Participants incentivized for attendance attended significantly more classes (M = 7.5, SD = 2.8) than did those not so incentivized (M
= 6.4, SD = 2.9, P
< 0.001), but did not lose more weight (P
= 0.24). Participants incentivized for weight loss
did not lose significantly more weight than those not so incentivized (P
These data support the effectiveness of this worksite
program. Utilizing incentives
to promote class attendance may be beneficial for increasing engagement in similar programs.