Topical Area: Community and Public Health Nutrition
Objectives : The interdisciplinary lifestyle medicine program was implemented to improve health behaviors of employees on an employer-sponsored health insurance plan. The hypothesis was that this program would be an effective intervention to improve an employee’s weight and associated measures.
Methods : This quasi-experimental design used an 18-week in-person Lifestyle Medicine Program at Community Hospital in Colorado, delivered by an interdisciplinary team (physician, dietitian and physical therapist). Participants were grouped into five cohorts, each with 20-30 individuals. This intervention included nutrition, culinary, and physical activity classes delivered by various members of the interprofessional team. As part of the program, employees completed pre and post-assessments using physical assessments such as height, weight, and body fat percentage using an InBody analyzer conducted by trained personnel.
Results : Cohorts enrolled in this program were predominantly composed of females (92%, n=101) and the average age was 49.5 years old. Employees who participated in this program (n=113) had a significant reduction in weight (mean=-8.89lbs, P< 0.0005), percent body fat (mean=-.35%, p=0.001) and overall body mass index (BMI) (mean=-.77kg/m2, P=0.06).
Conclusions : This program demonstrated how a nutrition and lifestyle focused program can have significant impacts on decreasing weight, body fat percentage, and associated BMI. Lifestyle medicine programs targeted and delivered to employees who enroll in employer-sponsored health insurance can be an effective way to improve weight status and overall health.
Funding Sources : None to report.