Workplace Weight Loss Program: Impact on Quality of Life

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Abstract

Objective:

To determine the effectiveness of a 12-week workplace intervention program (WIP) focused on weight loss and reduction of cardiovascular risk factors on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and the effect of delivery method on outcomes.

Methods:

A retrospective analysis of data collected in a 12-week trial comparing in-person (IP) and Internet-based (IB) intervention to identify the impact on HRQOL by utilizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HRQOL-14 questionnaire.

Results:

Repeated-measure analysis of variance indicated no significant intervention effect for HRQOL by group assignment. Within subjects, significant main effect was noted for improvement in Summative Index of unhealthy days, sleeplessness, and vitality days at weeks 12 and 26. At week 26, significant main effect was found for improved mentally unhealthy and depression days.

Conclusions:

Improvement in HRQOL following a 12-week university-based WIP can occur independent of method of delivery (IP vs IB).

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