A Maintenance Program for the Be Fit Employee Wellness Program
This research study is being done: 1) to determine if the MGH Be Fit program helps employees to change their nutrition and exercise habits and lower their risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes and 2) to determine if a maintenance program following the Be Fit 12 week program will help employees to keep the positive health changes.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Maintenance Program for the Be Fit Employee Wellness Program at Massachusetts General Hospital|
- participants' weight, body mass index, blood pressure, fasting lipids, glucose, and C-reactive protein, change in exercise and nutrition behavior, change in mood or functional status, and days missed from work [ Time Frame: 6 months and 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- diagnoses and health care costs [ Time Frame: 2--3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2008|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||September 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||September 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Internet-based maintenance program
9-month Internet based self-monitoring maintenance program to track weight, exercise, and food logs
Behavioral: Internet-based maintenance program
The Be Fit maintenance program is a randomized controlled trial of a 9 month intervention to maintain weight loss and physical activity after completion of the 12 week wellness program. Six teams of 25 participants will be randomized to the intervention or to usual care. There are 2 key elements to the maintenance program: personal contact and Internet contact. The personal contact enables the participants to continue receiving face-to-face support from a Be Fit nutritionist and trainer. The Internet interface is an opportunity for the participants to self-monitor their own progress while still under the guidance of the program.
No Intervention: Control
No maintenance program provided
The main objectives of this trial are to determine if employees who participate in the Be Fit 12 week program and are randomized to a 9 month maintenance program are more likely to maintain weight loss, physical activity level, and reduction of other clinical risk factors for disease compared to the control group. Secondary objectives are to determine if employees who participate in the maintenance intervention have fewer chronic diseases related to lifestyle factors and lower health care costs at 3 years.
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Massachusetts General Hospital|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114|
|Principal Investigator:||Anne N Thorndike, MD, MPH||Massachusetts General Hospital|