One year sustainability of risk factor change from a 9-week workplace intervention

Rush, EC
Cumin, MB
Migriauli, L
Ferguson, LR
Plank, LD
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We examined the effect of a 9-week diet and physical activity intervention provided in the workplace by a group education session where personal dietary and physical activity goals were proposed. Measurements of anthropometry, fasting blood lipids, glucose and insulin, assays for antioxidant activity (AOA) and questionnaires were completed at 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12 weeks in 50 healthy workers (50% male, mean age 46y). Followup measurements in 39 (56% male) were possible at 52 weeks. At week 3 a group dietary and physical activity "motivational seminar" was held. At week 6, half the group were supplied daily kiwifruit for 3 weeks with cross over at week 9 until week 12. Compared to baseline, lipid, glucose, insulin and AOA measurements were improved at 12 and 52 weeks. Body measurements did not change. Group diet and physical activity advice reinforced over 9 weeks is associated with a sustained improvement in cardiovascular risk factors at 52 weeks.

Analysis of variance , Cardiovascular diseases , Cross-over studies , Diet , Exercise , Female , Follow-up studies , Goals , Health education , Health promotion , Humans , Life style , Male , Middle aged , Motivation , Motor Activity , Obesity , Program evaluation , Questionnaires , Risk factors , Weight loss , Workplace
Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 569104, 7 pages
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Copyright © 2009 Elaine C. Rush et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.