Steps to Health employee weight management randomized control trial: short-term follow-up results.
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OBJECTIVE: To present the short-term follow-up findings of the Steps to Health study, a randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of two employee weight management programs offered within Duke University and the Health System. METHODS: A total of 550 obese (body mass index, ≥30 kg/m2) employees were randomized 1:1 between January 2011 and June 2012 to the education-based Weight Management (WM) or the WM+ arm, which focused on behavior modification. Employees were contacted to complete a follow-up visit approximately 14 months after baseline. RESULTS: There were no clinically, or statistically, meaningful differences between arms, but there were modest reductions in body mass index, and positive, meaningful changes in diet and physical activity for both arms. CONCLUSIONS: The modest positive effects observed in this study may suggest that to achieve weight loss through the workplace more intensive interventions may be required.
Body Mass Index
Weight Reduction Programs
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1097/JOM.0000000000000335
Publication InfoBrouwer, Rebecca; Dement, John M; Eisenstein, EL; Fuemmeler, Bernard F; Gulley, L; Joyner, J; ... Stroo, M (2015). Steps to Health employee weight management randomized control trial: short-term follow-up results. J Occup Environ Med, 57(2). pp. 188-195. 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000335. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/11443.
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Dir, Research Initiatives
My overarching goal is to facilitate effective research and collaborations for the Duke research community, through the delivery of targeted programs and individual consultations.
Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine
Unhealthy lifestyle factors, such as tobacco use, poor dietary intake, lack of physical activity, and high body mass index are the leading causes of cancer and chronic disease. The prevention of such diseases will be advanced through a more thorough understanding of the complex determinants of these lifestyle factors and the development of novel interventions that help change individual behavior for the better. Dr. Fuemmeler’s program of research takes a lifespan approach toward understand
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Dir, Clinical Res Educ Training and Ops
Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Chronic disease epidemiology; obesity; health services research; population health; public health; social medicine; health information systems; health surveys; programme evaluation; clinical trials; aging; nutrition; dementia; Global Health
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