A descriptive evaluation of CDC's LEAN Works! leading employees to activity and nutrition-a web-based employer tool for workplace obesity management

Enid C. Roemer, Rivka C. Liss-Levinson, Daniel K. Samoly, Gery P. Guy, Maryam J. Tabrizi, Meghan S. Beckowski, Xiaofei Pei, Ron Z. Goetzel

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Abstract

Purpose. The study aim was to determine the utility of and satisfaction with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web-based employer tool, CDC's LEAN Works!, which provides evidence-based recommendations and promising practices for obesity prevention and control at worksites. Design. This study examined employers' natural usage (i.e., without any study parameters on how, when, or how much to use the Web site and its resources) and impressions of the Web site. Setting. Employers of varying sizes, industry types, and levels of maturity in offering obesity management programs and from both private and public sectors were recruited to participate in the study. Participants. A convenience sample of 29 employers enrolled to participate. Method. Participants were followed over a 12-month period. First impressions, bimonthly use of the Web site, and final assessments were collected using self-report surveys and individual interviews. Descriptive analyses were conducted. Results. Almost all (96%) of participants reported a positive experience with the Web site, noting it provided a wealth of information. Most reported they planned to continue to use the Web site to develop (77%), implement (92%), and evaluate (85%) their obesity management programs. Aspects of theWeb site that employers found valuable included a step-by-step implementation process, templates and toolkits, specific recommendations, and promising practices. Conclusion. CDC's LEANWorks! is a useful resource for employers wishing to develop and implement evidence-based workplace obesity prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Obesity Management
  • Prevention Research
  • Web-Based Health Promotion Resource
  • Worksite Health Promotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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