Effect of a multifaceted, church-based wellness program on metabolic syndrome in 41 overweight or obese congregants

Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Jul;7(4):A81. Epub 2010 Jun 15.


Introduction: A rise in obesity, poor-quality diets, and low physical activity has led to a dramatic increase in the number of Americans with metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Our objective was to determine the effect of a short-term, multifaceted wellness program carried out in a church setting on weight, metabolic syndrome, and self-reported wellness.

Methods: Forty-one overweight or obese adults in a church congregation provided fasting blood samples and answered a wellness questionnaire before and after completing an 8-week diet and exercise program. We also measured weight, body fat, body mass index, and waist and hip circumference.

Results: The intervention decreased weight, body fat, and central adiposity; improved indexes of metabolic syndrome; and increased self-reported wellness.

Conclusion: A multifaceted wellness intervention that emphasizes diet and exercise can rapidly influence weight, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and self-reported wellness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Community Health Services / methods*
  • Diet, Reducing / methods*
  • Directive Counseling
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Protestantism
  • Treatment Outcome