Providing weight management via the workplace

Barber, Jenny and Hillier, Sarah and Middleton, Geoff and Keegan, Richard and Henderson, Hannah and Lavin, Jacqui (2015) Providing weight management via the workplace. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 8 (3). pp. 230-243. ISSN 1753-8351

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Abstract

Purpose
Assess the feasibility and benefits of providing weight management support via the workplace.
Design
Quasi-experimental design using non-random assignment to a 12 week Slimming World (SW) weight management programme, either within the workplace or at a regular community group. Weight was recorded weekly and a 39-item questionnaire focussed on mental and emotional health, self-esteem, dietary habits and physical activity habits administered at baseline, 12 weeks, 6 and 12 months. Findings 243 participants enrolled (workplace n=129, community n=114) with 138 completers (defined as those weighing-in at baseline and attending at least once within the last 4 weeks; workplace n=76, community n=62. Completers reported a mean weight change of -4.9kg ± 3.4 or -5.7% ± 3.8. Mental and emotional health scores increased (P<0.05) from baseline to 12 weeks. Self-worth scores increased (P<0.05) from baseline to 12 weeks, 6 months and 12 months. Healthy dietary habit scores increased and unhealthy dietary habit scores decreased (P<0.05) from baseline to 12 weeks, 6 months and 12 months. Healthy physical activity habit scores improved (P<0.05) from baseline to 12 weeks and 6 months. There were no significant differences between groups. Research limitations Participant demographic was predominantly female (94%) aged 42.3 years, with only 13 men participating.
Practical implications
The results support the use of a 12 week SW weight management programme as a credible option for employers wanting to support employees to achieve weight loss and improve psycho-social health outcomes which could lead to improvements in quality of life and work performance
Originality/value
Provides evidence for the delivery of weight management support via the workplace.

Keywords:Diet, Weight management, Workplace Health, Obesity, Nutrition, JCOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:17669
Deposited On:17 Jun 2015 12:36

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