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
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Massachusetts, Lowell