Effectiveness of a worksite telephone-based weight management program

Am J Health Promot. Jan-Feb 2011;25(3):186-9. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.081112-QUAN-281.


Purpose: Examine the long-term impact of a telephone-based weight management program among participants recruited from worksite settings.

Design: Pre/post quasi-experimental design comparing weight loss and related behaviors between program completers and noncompleters.

Setting: Ten large private-sector and public-sector employers.

Subjects: Overweight or obese participants (n = 1298) enrolled in a telephone-based weight management program.

Intervention: Individually tailored telephone-based weight management coaching program that included up to five calls over a median of 250 days.

Measures: Weight, body mass index, and lifestyle behaviors assessed via health risk assessment at baseline and 1-year follow-up.

Analysis: Chi-square and one-way analysis of variance procedures were used to assess between-group differences in weight and associated behaviors, with criterion for significance set at p < .05.

Results: Among weight management program participants, 48% of program completers and 47% of noncompleters lost weight, but program completers averaged 2.6 times more weight loss than noncompleters. Improvements in physical activity, eating habits, and overall health status were reported for completers.

Conclusion: The weight loss attained among participants who lost weight, along with the improvements in physical activity and nutrition practices, suggests that a telephone-based weight management program of modest intensity can have a positive impact on the health of obese or overweight worksite participants.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Telephone*
  • Weight Loss
  • Workplace*