The Effectiveness of Worksite Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions for Controlling Employee Overweight and Obesity

This review found that worksite nutrition and physical activity programs achieve modest improvements in employee weight status at the 6–12-month follow-up

Laurie M. Anderson; Toby A. Quinn; Karen Glanz; Gilbert Ramirez; Leila C. Kahwati; Donna B. Johnson; Leigh Ramsey Buchanan; W. Roodly Archer; Sajal Chattopadhyay; Geetika P. Kalra; David L. Katz

2009

Scholarcy highlights

  • This report presents the results of a systematic review of the effectiveness of worksite nutrition and physical activity programs to promote healthy weight among employees
  • These results form the basis for the recommendation by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services on the use of these interventions
  • A pooled effect estimate of −2.8 pounds was found based on nine RCTs, and a decrease in BMI of −0.5 was found based on six RCTs
  • This review found that worksite nutrition and physical activity programs achieve modest improvements in employee weight status at the 6–12-month follow-up
  • The findings of this systematic review can help inform decisions of employers, planners, researchers, and other public health decision makers

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