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Pragmatic Evaluation of a Health System-Based Employee Weight Management Program

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HealthPartners Institute, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA
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Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
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Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD 57117, USA
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HealthPartners, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5901; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115901
Received: 20 April 2021 / Revised: 20 May 2021 / Accepted: 25 May 2021 / Published: 31 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
Objective: We aimed to evaluate the fidelity and estimate the effectiveness of a novel health system employee weight-management program. Methods: Employees participating in a weight loss program consisting of self-monitoring, health coaching and meal replacements optionally enrolled in the 12-month study. Longitudinal, single-arm analyses were conducted evaluating change over time via survey, claims and programmatic data. Token participation incentives were offered for survey completion. Results: In total, 140 participants enrolled (51.2 ± 9.8 years; BMI = 33.2 ± 6.5 kg/m2; 89.3% female). During 1 year, participants attended 18.0 ± 12.2 coaching appointments and self-reported significant improvements in weight (−8.2 ± 10.5% body weight), BMI (−3.9 ± 6.5 kg/m2), fruit/vegetable intake, home food preparation, added sugar, sugar sweetened beverages and life satisfaction (all p < 0.05). No significant changes were reported in physical activity, weight-related social support, self-efficacy or healthcare utilization (all p > 0.05). Conclusions: The findings from this evaluation establish implementation fidelity. Clinically significant self-reported weight loss, coupled with improvements in many weight-related behaviors, suggest the program is an effective weight management tool when offered as an employee well-being program. View Full-Text
Keywords: population health; health care; health coaching; worksite wellness; weight loss; obesity prevention population health; health care; health coaching; worksite wellness; weight loss; obesity prevention
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JaKa, M.M.; Dinh, J.M.; Rivard, R.L.; Herrmann, S.D.; Spoonheim, J.; Pronk, N.P.; Ziegenfuss, J.Y. Pragmatic Evaluation of a Health System-Based Employee Weight Management Program. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5901. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115901

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JaKa MM, Dinh JM, Rivard RL, Herrmann SD, Spoonheim J, Pronk NP, Ziegenfuss JY. Pragmatic Evaluation of a Health System-Based Employee Weight Management Program. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5901. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115901

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JaKa, Meghan M., Jennifer M. Dinh, Rachael L. Rivard, Stephen D. Herrmann, Joel Spoonheim, Nicolaas P. Pronk, and Jeanette Y. Ziegenfuss. 2021. "Pragmatic Evaluation of a Health System-Based Employee Weight Management Program" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5901. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115901

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