Short-term and long-term weight management results of a large employer-sponsored wellness program

J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Nov;53(11):1215-20. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182338676.


Objective: To evaluate the weight management results of Healthy Incentives, an employer-sponsored wellness program started in 2006 by King County, Washington.

Methods: Changes in body mass index (BMI) and the percentages of those who lost 5% and 10% were compared for first-year participants, 5-year participants, and respondents to the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS).

Results: A total of 19,559 first-year participants lost weight on average, while the comparative MEPS sample gained weight, -0.80% versus 0.31% (P < 0.01). A total of 10,432 5-year participants also lost weight on average but not as much as during the first year, -0.47% versus -0.80% (P = 0.01). More obese first-year participants lost 5% of BMI than the MEPS sample, 28.5% versus 23.2% (P < 0.01). Thirty eight percent of obese 5-year participants lost 5%.

Conclusions: Healthy Incentives achieved significant weight management benefits for both first-year and 5-year participants.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight / physiology*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / standards*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Weight Gain / physiology
  • Workplace
  • Young Adult