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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 414987, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/414987
Research Article

Outcomes and Utilization of a Low Intensity Workplace Weight Loss Program

1Alere Wellbeing, 999 Third Avenue, Suite 2100, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
2University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

Received 5 August 2013; Accepted 12 December 2013; Published 2 January 2014

Academic Editor: Renato Pasquali

Copyright © 2014 Kelly M. Carpenter et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Obesity is related to high health care costs and lost productivity in the workplace. Employers are increasingly sponsoring weight loss and wellness programs to ameliorate these costs. We evaluated weight loss outcomes, treatment utilization, and health behavior change in a low intensity phone- and web-based, employer-sponsored weight loss program. The intervention included three proactive counseling phone calls with a registered dietician and a behavioral health coach as well as a comprehensive website. At six months, one third of those who responded to the follow-up survey had lost a clinically significant amount of weight (≥5% of body weight). Clinically significant weight loss was predicted by the use of both the counseling calls and the website. When examining specific features of the web site, the weight tracking tool was the most predictive of weight loss. Health behavior changes such as eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity, and reducing stress were all predictive of clinically significant weight loss. Although limited by the low follow-up rate, this evaluation suggests that even low intensity weight loss programs can lead to clinical weight loss for a significant number of participants.