Does a worksite obesity intervention have a positive effect on body mass index (BMI), waist–hip ratio, physical activity, and fruit and vegetable consumption?

From: American Journal of Public Health

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Participants/situation

  • 340 across 16 school worksites (8 intervention, 8 control)

Study

  • Intervention schools formed committees to develop and implement health promotion activities for employees.
  • Body measurements were collected at commencement and post intervention (2 years later). 

Results

  • Employees in intervention schools reduced their BMI by an averageof 0.04 kg/m2, and those in control schools increased their BMI by an average of 0.37 kg/m2.
  • Comparisons for waist–hip ratio, weekly physical activity, and fruit and vegetable consumption was not significantly different between groups.

Answer

  • Yes (without confidence) – for BMI.

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