Abstract 327: Six months follow-up of “My Unlimited Potential”, A 12-week Worksite, Multi-Component, Lifestyle Intervention for Improving Cardiometabolic Health in High Risk Persons
Background: With about 59% of the entire US population currently in the work force, the 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 effectiveness of an ongoing multi-component, lifestyle improvement program (My Unlimited Potential [MyUP]) extending into 6 months, among employees of Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF), a large not-for-profit health care system.
Methods: BHSF employees with 2 or more Cardiometabolic 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 dietary and physical activity modifications.
Results: Overall 202 (48±10 years, 78% females) employees who enrolled in the MyUP wellness program. The retention of subjects was high with 89% (n=181) at 12 weeks and 80% (n=162) at 6 months. The table and figure below demonstrate the baseline, 12 week and 6 months averages in anthropometric and laboratory profile in participants. Comparing follow-up from 3 months to that at 6 months, clinically meaningful improvement in endpoints were especially noted for BMI, BP, HDL targets, and reducing burden of systemic inflammation (figure).
Conclusion: These findings suggest that an intensive behavioral modification intervention program, delivered to employees in a health care setting, results in both significant short and intermediate term benefit in weight reduction, improved blood pressure control and hbA1c, and concomitantly improves cardio-metabolic risk profile. Further follow-up is in progress to ascertain whether these benefits are sustainable over longer periods.
Author Disclosures: M. Rouseff: None. E. Aneni: None. T.H. Tran: 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. B. Castillo: None. L. Roberson: None. E. Veledar: None. J. Post: None. K. Nasir: None. A. Ruiz: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.