Providing weight management via the workplace

Barber, Jenny, Hillier, Sarah, Middleton, Geoff , Keegan, Richard, 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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Assess the feasibility and benefits of providing weight management support via the workplace.
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
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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