Background

The workplace provides an environment with a potential support structure for obesity prevention activities.Prior research has shown a reduction in average BMI for employees engaged in a worksite obesity prevention intervention as well as a reduced number of employees who were overweight or obese.Despite some progress developing worksite interventions, there is a need for a transparent, measurable strategy for obesity prevention.

Methods

Healthy Measures, based on social cognitive theory, uses self-regulation and social support to encourage self-efficacy with carbohydrate counting to provide adults with an interdisciplinary behavioral obesity prevention nutritional plan.We enrolled 15 adults (n=7 men), ages 18 to 40 with BMI 19.0 to 29.9 in an intervention study to evaluate the feasibility of introducing Healthy Measures at a research university for faculty and staff with dietary recall and measurements taken at a neighboring facility.Participants were assessed for height, weight, circumferences (chest, waist, abdomen, hips), and blood pressure at the start and after 3 months of the intervention.Education every two weeks encouraged self-measurement, goal-setting, recording of dietary intake, increase in fiber intake, quality carbohydrates, timing and limits of daily food intake, and identification of support.

Results

After completing one month with the intervention, ten participants provided self-report data (n=6 men), reflecting compliance with weekly weight measuring and weekday recording of intake.Ninety percent reported weekly measurement of circumferences, with 80% reported weekend recording of intake.Seven participants reported weight loss while 1 remained static, and two gained less than 1 pound each.Three months of data will be available for presentation.

Conclusions

Healthy Measures shows promise as a strategy for weight maintenance and weight loss in a mixed gender group of adults.