Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Employer-Based Weight Loss Programs Are Helpful

“A new review of studies from UC shows that a little shove from the workplace may actually be the ticket to dropping weight. According to Michael Benedict, MD, and colleagues at UC, employer-based programs for weight loss are modestly effective at helping workers take off extra pounds. ‘Worksite-based programs do tend to result in weight loss for the people that participate in them’, says Benedict, co-author of the study and researcher in the department of internal medicine. The review appears in the July-August issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion. ‘Most employed adults in the U.S. spend nearly half of their waking hours at their place of employment,’ Benedict says. ‘Worksite based programs have great potential to positively impact our current obesity epidemic.’ Studies have shown that other worksite health interventions targeting high risk employees, like smokers and people with hypertension, may benefit employers financially within only a few years.”

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