Objective. To determine immediate changes in weight and cardiometabolic risk of participants in a university worksite wellness program (WWP). It was hypothesized that there would be significant improvements in weight and waist circumference after 12 weeks. Method. Employees volunteered for enrollment in a 12-week WWP that provided educational sessions in-person or online. At baseline and after 12 weeks, participants had one-on-one appointments with the study registered dietitian who measured clinical outcome markers (cardiometabolic risk factors) and provided individualized counseling. Results. Among 79 participants who returned for 12-week appointments, there were statistically significant improvements in weight (p <.0001), waist circumference (p <.0001), and other cardiometabolic risk factors from baseline to 12-weeks. Conclusions. Improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors may be observed in a relatively short period of time among those who enrolled in a WWP.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Nursing (miscellaneous)
- cardiovascular disease
- chronic disease
- health promotion