Workplace-based participatory approach to weight loss for correctional employees.
Ferraro-L; Faghri-PD; Henning-R; Cherniack-M; The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace Team
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Feb; 55(2):147-155
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a participatory approach using an employee design team for a 12-week weight-loss program with an 8- week follow-up. Methods: Twenty-four employees with mean [standard error (SE)] for weight 233.24 lb [8.16], body mass index 33.29 kg/cm2 [0.82], and age 42.7 years [1.5] participated in the study, among whom 75% were men and 25% women. Results: Significant reductions in weight, body mass index, and waist circumference (among men) were observed before and after intervention (P < 0.05). About 73% and 68% of the variation in weight change (P < 0.01) and waist circumference (P < 0.01), respectively, were explained by Nutrition Knowledge and Exercise Confidence scores after controlling for gender and age. Conclusions: A participatory program with employee involvement resulted in positive outcomes. Increasing participants' knowledge and providing skills to manage their weight seem to change their attitudes, resulting in better outcomes.
Correctional-facilities; Law-enforcement-workers; Prison-workers; Weight-factors; Weight-measurement; Employees; Employee-health; Group-behavior; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Physical-exercise; Physical-fitness; Men; Women; Age-groups; Health-programs; Total-Worker-Health; Behavior; Attitude
Pouran D. Faghri, MD, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, 358 Mansfield Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Massachusetts, Lowell