Platform for Health and Wellbeing pilot study: provision of weight management support via the workplace

Lavin, Jacquie, Barber, Jenny, Middleton, Geoff , Henderson, Hannah and Keegan, Richard (2013) Platform for Health and Wellbeing pilot study: provision of weight management support via the workplace. In: the 20th European Congress on Obesity, 12.05.13 - 15.05.13, Liverpool, UK.

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Introduction: The role of the workplace as an opportunity for improving health has been highlighted in recent reports. The East Midlands Platform for Health and Wellbeing is a network of private, public and voluntary sector organisations working to improve health and reduce obesity. Member organisations commit to undertake actions to improve health and wellbeing of employees, individuals and/or communities. As part of Slimming World’s commitment, this pilot assessed the merits of providing weight management support via the workplace at two large regional employers.
Methods: 278 British Gas and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust employees were offered 12 weeks’ support at either a bespoke workplace group or established community-based Slimming World group. Weight change was recorded weekly. Dietary and physical activity behaviours, along with aspects of psychological health were assessed by questionnaire pre and post-programme.
Results: 121 employees (meeting inclusion criteria) joined a workplace-based group and 114 a community-based group.
Weight and attendance: Mean joining BMI was 32.4kg/m2. 138 (59%) participants completed the programme (attended within final 4 weeks).Behaviour changes: Participants who completed both questionnaires (n=87), reported positive changes in dietary and physical activity behaviours (all p<.001) (figure 1), and psychological health (mental wellbeing, self-worth and self-esteem, all p<0.05). There were no significant differences between worksite and community intervention groups for any outcomes.
Conclusion: Providing weight management support via the workplace significantly reduced weight of participants (-3.9%). Completer analysis also revealed positive changes in healthy eating habits and activity levels, and also importantly psychological health, which may impact on working life. The Slimming World programme works effectively within both the work setting and via community-based provision when employees are recruited via the workplace.

Keywords:Commercial weight loss company, workplace health, Body Mass Index
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B400 Nutrition
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Deposited On:04 Sep 2013 18:57

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