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A Lifestyle-Based Weight Management Program Delivered to Employees: Examination of Health and Economic Outcomes

Hughes, M Courtney MS, PhC; Girolami, Teresa M. MD; Cheadle, Allen D. PhD; Harris, Jeffrey R. MD, MPH, MBA; Patrick, Donald L. PhD, MSPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 11 - p 1212-1217
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318159489d
Original Articles

Objective: To examine the health and economic outcomes associated with a comprehensive weight management program delivered to employees.

Methods: Data collected on 516 individuals participating in a lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees from three corporations were analyzed at baseline and intervention-end (26 or 52 weeks). One-year post-intervention data for two subgroups were examined for pharmaceutical use (n = 61) and health outcomes (n = 46).

Results: Average body weight decreased 5.4% (P < 0.001) and average waist circumference decreased 7.2% (P < 0.001). Average blood pressure, Beck Depression Inventory scores, and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale scores improved (P < 0.001). At 1-year post-intervention, weight loss was maintained in a subgroup of 46 individuals. The average number of prescription drugs taken per participant decreased 44% in a subgroup of 61 individuals.

Conclusions: An employer-sponsored, comprehensive weight management program may decrease weight, improve obesity-related outcomes, improve depressive symptoms, and decrease costs.

From the Department of Health Services (Ms Hughes, Drs Cheadle, Harris, and Patrick), University of Washington, Seattle, Wash; Interlake Medical Center, PLLC (Dr Girolami), Redmond, Wash; and Sound Health Solutions, Redmond, Wash (Dr Girolami).

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M. Courtney Hughes has no financial interests related to this research. Teresa Girolami was employed by the company delivering the weight management program at the time of data collection. Dr Girolami is no longer employed by the company.

The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of AHRQ or the CDC.

Address correspondence to: M. Courtney Hughes, MS, PhC, Department of Health Services, The University of Washington, Box 357660, Seattle, WA 98195; E-mail:

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