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Promoting weight loss and blood pressure control at work: impact of an education and intervention program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18332777     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of tailored intervention on body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP) among hypertensive employees participating in an employer-based BP screening program. METHODS: The quasi-experimental design involved screening subjects (n = 15,583) within the Merrill Lynch organization. A control group had BP and weight measurements plus education whereas experimental sites additionally received a pedometer, to measure physical activity, body fat measurement, and education encouraging physical activity. Change in BMI and BP were compared after 1 year. RESULTS: The experimental group (n = 47) demonstrated statistically significant improvements in BMI (P < 0.01) and systolic BP (P = 0.04) versus control group (n = 94). Furthermore, 38.3% of the experimental group reported undertaking vigorous physical activity (>or=3x/wk) at 1-year; a 100% increase compared with baseline. CONCLUSIONS: A targeted worksite intervention program may be an effective way to lower BP and promote exercise and weight loss.
Donald H Gemson; Royanna Commisso; Jeanette Fuente; Jane Newman; Steve Benson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1536-5948     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-11     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  272-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure
Body Mass Index
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion / methods*
Hypertension / prevention & control*
Intervention Studies
Mass Screening
Middle Aged
Occupational Health*
Occupational Health Services / methods
Pilot Projects
United States
Weight Loss*

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