Weight-loss programs at work can help people shave pounds and keep them off, researchers said in a new report.
Among the people who signed up for a six-month program at two Boston-area workplaces, the average weight loss was more than 17 pounds; among the control group, people gained an average of about 2 pounds, the researchers said in the April issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"Worksites have the potential to become a central element in national efforts to reduce obesity because the majority of adults work and worksites offer naturally occurring social groups that, in theory, could facilitate weight control, the researchers from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital wrote.
In addition to losing weight, the participants had improvements in such measures as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. No significant weight gain occurred among those who followed the initial program with a structured workplace weight-maintenance program, the researchers said.