Abstract P124: My Unlimited Potential: Achieving Weight, Fitness And Cardio-metabolic Health Objectives Using A 12-week, Multicomponent, Behavioral Intervention
Background: With about 59% of the entire US population currently in the work force, American Heart Association has emphasized worksite-based interventions to improve cardiovascular health among the working population. The primary aim of this study was to assess the short-term (12 weeks) efficacy of an ongoing multi-component, behavioral intervention improvement program (My Unlimited Potential (myUP), among employees of Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF), a large not-for-profit health care system.
Methods: BHSF employees with two or more Cardio-metabolic risk factors, such as total cholesterol ≥ 200 mg/dl, systolic blood pressure ≥ 140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure ≥ 90 mmHg, hemoglobin A1C ≥ 6.5%, and body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 were considered for the study. Behavioral interventions were focused on diet and physical activity modifications.
Results: Overall 202 (48±10 years, 78% females) employees enrolled in myUP wellness program. The retention of subjects was high with 89% (n=181) of subjects following up at 12 weeks. The figure below demonstrates the baseline, follow-up and estimated mean change in anthropometric, exercise capacity on treadmill test and CM participants. BMI reduction >5% was noted in 38% of the participants. Significantly higher, clinically meaningful, endpoints, especially in attaining blood pressure goals and exercise capacity (>10 METS), during the short-term follow-up in this behavioral intervention program (figure), were achieved.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that an intensive behavioral modification intervention program, delivered to employees in a health care setting, results in significant short term benefit in weight reduction, increase fitness level and concomitantly improve cardio-metabolic risk profile. Further follow-up is in progress to ascertain whether these benefits are sustainable over a longer duration.
Author Disclosures: M. Rouseff: None. T.H. Tran: None. K. Nasir: None. J. Bou-Khalil: None. J.J. Mora: None. H. Guzman: None. S. Das: None. D. Brown: None. J. Santiago-Charles: None. T.C. Ochoa: None. C. Gilliam: None. V. Lehn: None. E. Aneni: None. E. Oni: None. L. Roberson: None. E. Veledar: None. J. Post: None. B. Castillo: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.