Combining environmental and individual weight management interventions in a work setting: Results from the dow chemical study

David M. Dejoy, Kristin M. Parker, Heather M. Padilla, Mark G. Wilson, Enid C. Roemer, Ron Z. Goetzel

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the comparative effectiveness of environmental weight loss interventions alone versus in combination with an individual intervention. Methods: A quasi-experimental design compared outcomes for two levels of environmental interventions and for participants who did or did not simultaneously self-select into an individually focused weight loss intervention (YW8). Analysis of covariance and logistic regression techniques were used to examine risk outcomes. Results: Employees who participated in YW8 were no more successful at losing weight than those exposed to only the environmental interventions. Approximately, 13.5% of each group lost at least 5% of their body weight; overall changes in mean body weight and body mass index were negligible in both groups. Conclusions: Simple worksite environmental modifications may help with weight maintenance, but are not likely to result in substantial weight reductions even when combined with low-intensity individual interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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