Navigation Links
Older workers benefit from high-tech, high-touch health promotion
Date:4/14/2011

Older workers benefit most from a modest health behavior program when it combines a web-based risk assessment with personal coaching.

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers conducted a randomized trial to evaluate two worksite wellness interventions assessing older workers' health behaviors and outcomes. The findings are available online and will be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

The health behaviors that were examined were physical activity, diet, stress reduction and smoking cessation, says Susan Hughes, professor of community health sciences, co-director of the UIC Center for Research on Health and Aging at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, and principal investigator of the study.

The researchers enrolled 423 participants into three study groups: the COACH intervention, a Web-based risk assessment with personal coaching support; the RealAge intervention, a Web-based risk assessment with behavior-specific online modules; and a control group that received printed health-promotion materials.

Participants ranged in age from 40 to 68 and were staff at UIC. Measures of healthy behaviors and weight, body mass index and waist circumference were assessed at baseline, six months after baseline and 12 months after baseline.

"What we found is that there were real differences in uptake between the two groups," Hughes said. "Ninety-five percent of people in the COACH program actually used the COACH intervention, as compared to 59 percent of people in the RealAge arm."

Both COACH and RealAge use websites to provide standardized risk assessments, develop risk appraisals, and give participants suggestions for pursing health-related behavior change. The COACH intervention also incorporates individualized counseling -- by phone and in person -- with a public health-educated coach to assist participants with their health-related goals.

RealAge participants were sent one email message to remind them to access the RealAge Web site, but it was up to the individual to stick with the program and determine how much interaction they would have with the website to meet their goals.

At six and 12 months, participants in the COACH program reported eating significantly more fruits and vegetables than the control group and also reported significantly more minutes of physical activity. They also reported a significant reduction in dietary fat intake at 12 months.

In contrast, the RealAge group experienced one significant outcome. They had a decline in waist circumference at six months that was maintained at 12 months.

The researchers are curious to understand how that happened. "That's another puzzle," Hughes said. "We have to go back and look at the data for an explanation of this interesting outcome."


'/>"/>

Contact: Sherri McGinnis Gonzlez
smcginn@uic.edu
312-996-8277
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Multitasking Just a Bit Tougher for Older People: Study
2. Effective pain management crucial to older adults well-being
3. Older age memory loss tied to stress hormone receptor in brain
4. Study Links Smoking, Breast Cancer in Older Women
5. Risk of death is high in older adults with sleep apnea and daytime sleepiness
6. Older lesbians, gays have higher rates of chronic disease, mental distress, isolation
7. Poor Eating Habits May Lead to Anemia in Older Women
8. Gaps in health care limit options for older adults, MU expert says
9. Anti-Drug Message May Reach Young Girls, But Not Older Ones
10. Gardening linked to increased vegetable consumption in older adults
11. $3.4 million grant awarded to help older people stay mobile
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... John Stewart joins Privis ... Member for t4 Leadership Development & Consulting. He has spent his career focusing ... physician leadership development, servant leadership, data driven process improvement, and supportive technology. These ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... but not without risk to health and safety. By learning and implementing best ... eliminated. , In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding of ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... ... Five chefs from local senior assisted living homes will serve Mediterranean-inspired gourmet ... be able to vote for their favorite Chef among the following: , GREECE, Chef ... Cheese Sauce & Garlic Pita Crisp, Greek Mountain Ice Tea , ITALY, Chef Gabriel ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... , ... The American Hospital Association (AHA) has elected Claire Zangerle, Chief Nurse ... Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018. , The ... that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. Founded in 1898, ...
(Date:8/20/2017)... ... August 20, 2017 , ... HIPAA Solutions, LC ... has assisted multiple clients in successfully passing audits such as Office of Civil ... (AICPA SOC Level 2), and State Data Use Agreement Audits. , HIPAA ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/7/2017)... Mich. , Aug. 7, 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, ... of Joel Saban as president, effective Aug. 7, ... Urick has decided to pursue other interests and will ... "During his tenure, Paul has served us in multiple leadership ... Specialty Pharmacy in Jun. 2015 and has provided decisive, strategic ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... , Aug. 7, 2017  Endo International plc ... reached agreements to resolve virtually all known U.S. mesh ... discussions to resolve the known remaining U.S. claims at ... payments beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017 and ... of its second quarter 2017 results, the Company intends ...
(Date:8/4/2017)... CINCINNATI , Aug. 3, 2017  Agragen, ... science company active in the biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and ... its development of its lead drug candidates, AGR131.  ... a proinflammatory cytokine from the blood of patients ... psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: