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  • 1. A Novel Weight Loss Program for Class III Obese School Employees Page 1 of 1 Print this Abstract A Novel Weight Loss Program for Class III Obese School Employees ROBERT LOWE, JENNIFER PATZKOWSKY Polk County School employees are 68% overweight and obese, while 35% are classified as obese and 19% are classified as extremely obese. PURPOSE: To compare the effectiveness of a novel weight loss program designed for Class III obese school employees to a similar group of employees who chose a self-selected commercial weight loss program. METHODS: Eighty participants (47.5±9 yrs; BMI=41.7±10) were randomly selected from a pool of applicants meeting the following criteria: BMI ≥ 30 or BMI ≥ 27 with 2 or more co-morbidities (HTN, dyslipidemia, DM, CAD, stroke, and OA). Forty participants were randomly assigned to either a commercial weight loss group (LOSE Too; LT) or to an in-house intensive weight loss program (LOSE PLUS; LP). Biometrics were measured at baseline and 6 months. All Participants received goal setting and were required to attend 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions thereafter in order to be eligible for weight loss medications (MEDS). Fifteen participants were prescribed MEDS (n=11, LT and n=4, LP). The LP group kept diet and exercise logs, wore pedometers, and received weekly feedback regarding their progress. The LT group followed the recommendations of their chosen commercial weight loss program (Weight Watchers, TOPS, LA Weight Loss, or Jenny Craig). Comparisons between groups were explored by t-test; Pearson correlation was utilized to describe relationships among the selected variables. RESULTS: No differences were noted at baseline between groups for any variable (p>0.05). The dropout rate was 25% for LP and 42% for LT at 6 months. The LP attended 80% and the LT attended 85% of the required classes; class attendance did not influence weight loss (p>0.05). There was no correlation between taking weight loss drugs and weight loss at 6 months for either group (p>0.05). There were no significant differences between LP and LT for any variable at 6 months. CONCLUSIONS: Following a 6 month program of behavioral intervention both LP and LT produced similar outcomes. However, both LP and LT experienced reductions in DM and CAD risk. These results suggest that programs which include a strong behavioral component are effective in producing weight loss in the short-term. Further study is recommended to explore possible long-term benefits. http://www.softconference.com/naaso/abstract.asp?SID=98798 10/12/2008

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