Abstract 15175: A Study Analyzing the Effect of Using Accelerometer in a Lifestyle Intervention Program
Introduction: With about 59% of the entire US population currently in the work force, there is much more emphasis on worksite-based interventions to improve health. The present study aimed to verify the role of accelerometry in worksite wellness programs. This study will analyze the short term effectiveness of including an accelerometer into a worksite wellness program.
Methods: Inclusion criteria for participation in My Unlimited Potential (MyUP), for employees of Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF), were the presence of 2 or more Cardio-metabolic risk factors. One group was provided a Fitbit accelerometer as an adjunct to multidisciplinary team interventions guided by an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), certified diabetic educator-RN (CDE), registered nurse (RN), a registered dietician (RD) and exercise physiologist (EP), and the other group was not provided a Fitbit.
Results: Table 1 shows the comparison of two MyUp programs at the end of 12-weeks. Employees who were given a Fitbit Activity tracker were statistically more successful in improving blood pressure than the non-Fitbit group. However, improvements in lipids, BMI, Hemoglobin A1C% and HsCRP remained significant at the end of the 12-week period for participants in both programs.
Conclusions: A multi-component lifestyle intervention program incorporating wearable technology can result in significant improvements in weight loss and overall health metrics leading to a healthier healthcare workforce.
Author Disclosures: S. Das: None. M. Rouseff: None. H.E. Guzman: None. A. Pino: None. A. Agatston: None. B. Shafer: None. B. Betancourt: None. C. Osondu: None. C. Gilliam: None. D. Brown: None. E.C. Aneni: None. E. Veledar: None. E. Spatz: None. E. Leigh: None. F. Jou: None. G. Saborio: None. I. Saavedra: None. J. Post: None. J. Cleary: None. J. Santiago-Charles: None. J. Mora: None. L. McCauley: None. M. Desimone: None. M. Romney: None. N.D. Castro: None. O. Ogunmoroti: None. S.B. Sherriff: None. T.C. Ochoa: None. T. Feldman: None. T.H. Tran: None. T. Katz: None. T. Keys: None. V. Lehn: None. K. Nasir: None.
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