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Study Finds Personal and Web-Based Support Equal Weight Loss Success
Date:3/11/2008

seek encouragement from family, friends and co-workers to support your healthy choices; and remind yourself again and again of your original motivation and the health benefits of weight loss," said lead author Laura P. Svetkey, MD, a professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "People need to remember that even a few pounds of weight loss can have a big impact on health."

The model used in the study mirrors some of the techniques and resources offered to Kaiser Permanente members.

"We know that frequent follow-up is best, so we try to make that as easy as possible with a weight maintenance newsletter with tips, tools and techniques from clinical findings, research and patient sharing, online programs to keep people connected electronically and help them key an eye on portion size," said Trina Histon, Ph.D., director of Kaiser Permanente's Weight Management Initiative. The initiative provides Kaiser Permanente clinicians with weight loss tools for their patients. "We make it easy to get encouragement through the email your doctor tool and our online Balance Program at kp.org . We have to meet people where they are on the journey of weight loss and maintenance because people need different things at different times."

Kaiser Permanente also helps promote obesity prevention in the community by supporting 30 farmers markets at Kaiser Permanente medical centers in six states, a Healthy Picks Vending Machine Initiative and TV Turnoff Week, as well as a Healthy Eating Active Living program in 27 communities across the US that makes it easier for people to choose healthy foods and get more active.

"Kaiser Permanente recognizes that good health requires more than exceptional health care at the doctor's office or hospital. Health research like this benefits not only our members but the community at large -- that's why we extend our care by sharing our research to improve the health and well-being of our members and our c
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