Navigation Links
Health counseling in doctors' office reduces obesity more effectively than doctor's advice
Date:2/28/2012

A physical activity and diet program implemented by health educators working in a doctor's office may be a more effective way to get obese people to lose abdominal fat than advice from a doctor alone, according to a study from Queen's University.

Most primary care physicians do not have the time to provide high-intensity behavioral counseling to their patients, says the report by Robert Ross, a professor from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

"The cornerstone of health care delivery is the doctor's office and the doctor doesn't have a lot of time to counsel and adequately monitor patients to get them to adopt healthy lifestyles. So the study placed a kinesiology-trained, health care professional in the doctors' office to see if they could produce better results and they did," says Dr. Ross.

The study looked at 490 sedentary, obese adults over two years. The patients who worked with a trained health educator within the primary care setting made major behavioral changes to their lifestyle over the long term resulting in significant reductions in abdominal obesity.

Dr. Ross says the findings are encouraging, but it would be premature to suggest the government should fund a health care professional in every doctor's office.

"The study provides promising resulst and it heads us in the right direction. We still have a lot to learn about how to get obese, sedentary individuals to adopt and sustain healthy behaviors over the long term," says Dr. Ross.

The report is published by Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Onesi
Michael.Onesi@hotmail.com
613-533-6000 x77513
Queen's University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Young Blacks Less Likely to Seek Mental Health Care: Study
2. A new radiotherapy technique significantly reduces irradiation of healthy tissue
3. Recession and high co-pays tied to fewer colonoscopy screenings among people with health insurance
4. New regulations fail to make TV food adverts healthier for children
5. Health Insurance Mandate Deemed Best Value for Money
6. Needlestick Law Linked to Drop in Health Worker Injuries
7. In the mouth, smoking zaps healthy bacteria, welcomes pathogens
8. Female cancer survivors have worse health behaviors than women with no cancer history
9. Vitamin D May Not Boost Heart Health in Kidney Patients
10. Any Exercise Benefits Kids Heart Health: Study
11. SFU health scientist joins governor generals roundtable at AAAS
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... May 27, 2017 , ... From May 21-23, hearing healthcare professionals ... event was held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel in Syracuse, New York. ... network of independent hearing healthcare providers to help them stay ahead in the industry. ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... Boston, Massachsetts (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 ... ... communities will gather at Boston CEO 2017 on May 30th and 31st at ... off-the-record networking forum for leading executives in the life sciences, offering exclusive access ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... A new analysis of community ... healthiest seniors are located in the Midwest. With the average cost of healthcare rising ... are concerned with both the quality and affordability of where they live. An annual ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... MD (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After ... anti-stress Antzy Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price ... deal with stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Alex ... proud to announce a new, informational blog post on insurance options. If a Bay ... insurance plans may help save time and money. Visiting an in-network provider for a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Global Health Intelligence (GHI), the leading healthcare data analytics ... 2017 ranking of the Best-Equipped Hospitals in Latin America ... GHI,s hospitals database for Latin America , which is ... database covers 86% of the hospitals in Latin ... each institution in key areas such as beds, medical specialties, ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating its ... board of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and ... for membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to ... order to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... the board is sending a clear message that ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... IRVING, Texas , May 5, 2017   Provista ... 1994 with more than 200,000 customers, today announced Jim ... brings a wealth of executive and business experience to Provista, ... a compounding pharmacy in California . He ... "Jim is a great fit for Provista," says ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: