Navigation Links
Miriam Hospital study shows how to make statewide health campaigns more effective
Date:6/10/2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that adding evidence-based weight loss strategies to a statewide wellness campaign improves weight loss outcomes among participants. The study and its findings are published online in advance of print in the American Journal of Public Health.

Lead researcher Tricia Leahey, Ph.D., and her colleagues chose to conduct a study among participants in Rhode Island's annual, three-month statewide health campaign. Called Shape Up Rhode Island (SURI), the campaign was founded in 2005 and takes a grass roots approach in reaching Rhode Islanders.

Leahey says, "Given their reach, statewide wellness initiatives like Shape Up Rhode Island have the potential to improve health in large numbers of individuals; however, weight losses produced are typically modest. Thus, we examined whether adding evidence-based weight loss strategies to a statewide wellness campaign improves weight loss outcomes. We found that such an approach was effective and could, therefore, significantly improve the public health impact of these campaigns."

As a researcher with the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center of The Miriam Hospital, Leahey led the randomized trial. For the study, 230 participants were recruited from the 2011 SURI campaign and were randomly assigned to one of three groups: the standard SURI program, the SURI program plus an evidence-based internet behavioral weight loss program, or SURI plus the evidence-based internet program with the option to attend weekly group weight loss sessions.

At the end of three months, weight loss differed among all three groups. Both of the evidence-based approaches resulted in a significantly greater weight loss compared to the SURI campaign alone. In addition, the evidence-based programs increased the percentage of individuals who achieved a 5 percent, or clinically meaningful, weight loss. Among those who were using the evidence-based internet program in addition to SURI, 42 percent of the participants achieved a 5 percent weight goal; as did 54 percent of the group who also attended the weekly group sessions. Among participants using SURI alone, only 7 percent achieved a 5 percent weight loss.

Of the findings, Leahey says, "We show that adding evidence-based behavioral weight loss strategies to a statewide campaign improves the magnitude of weight loss and increases the percentage of individuals who achieve a clinically meaningful weight loss (i.e., a weight loss that is associated with reduced risk for diabetes and other health problems) six-fold. Moreover, the internet-based approach (i.e., that did not involve weekly group sessions) was the most cost effective."

Leahey concludes, "The results of this study are important because they show that incorporating evidence-based strategies into wide-reaching wellness initiatives could have a meaningful impact on the health of our communities."


'/>"/>

Contact: Elena Falcone-Relvas
efalconerelvas@lifespan.org
401-793-7484
Lifespan
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Miriam Hospital receives 8th consecutive award for quality care
2. Miriam Hospital receives renewal of NIH grant for AIDS Clinical Trials Group
3. Miriam Hospital study shows social gaming site effective weight loss tool
4. Miriam Hospital study links intimate partner violence and risk of HIV
5. Miriam Hospital researcher awarded $2.9 million NIH grant to study impact of maternal smoking
6. Miriam researcher helps develop global hepatitis C recommendations for injection-drug users
7. Miriam study reveals financial benefits of a plant-based, Mediterranean diet
8. Miriam researchers urge physicians to ask younger men about erectile dysfunction symptoms
9. Bloodstream infections reduced through better central line care at three hospitals
10. University of Louisville Hospital nurse residency program receives full accreditation
11. Study: When hospital workers get vaccines, community flu rates fall
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative ... National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red ... 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... they now offer a comprehensive in-house dental plan for all patients. Understanding that ... a plan that gives patients a number of perks, including discounts on many ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... Deloitte Wisconsin 75, an annual ranking and recognition of the largest closely held ... list, having ranked from 2008-2016. In addition, Standard Process was awarded the Talent ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... Center For ... announced the opening of a new residential mental health treatment program in Chino ... issues such as severe anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, and other related issues. , ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... and stylish design wanted by today’s consumers at an affordable price, is now ... says the new watch is “a game changer” when it comes to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... bioLytical Laboratories, ein Weltführer bei schnellen Tests für ... Apothekenbundes von Kenia eingeführt. Continue Reading ... ... Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) bioLytical wurde durch die ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , December 2, 2016 Orthopedic Implants ... Support) is Expected to Gain a Significant Market Share Owing ... Ailments  ... According to a new ... Medical Implants Sterile Packaging: Clamshell Product Type Segment Projected to ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... December 2, 2016 On Thursday, the ... in red, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to ... of US markets, which prompted Stock-callers this morning to look ... (NASDAQ: NUVA ), Smith & Nephew PLC (NYSE: ... NXTM ), and Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: