Published on March 15, 2014
Viocare, Inc. 145 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 Phone: 609.497.4600 / Fax: 609.497.0660 www.viocare.com VIOCARE’S NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT SUPPORTS SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS Viocare’s nutritional assessment was an optional part of a comprehensive wellness program adopted by a Pennsylvania software engineering firm. The full program consisting of online tools, printed education materials and email coaching was offered to 1400 employees. Incentives were offered to encourage overall participation and a web portal was provided for participants to self-report data. Twenty percent of employees (286) participated and self-reported weight twice at least 30 days apart. This participation rate was similar to other voluntary employee programs (19% for weight management and 17% for wellness) as reported by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH). Self-reported weight data for these 286 participants showed an average weight loss of 4.4 pounds for those that engaged with Viocare’s nutritional assessment and coaching. Of those who started, 90% completed Viocare’s nutritional assessment. NBGH also reports that 24% of program participants typically engage in nutrition education classes. Though not a direct comparison, a slightly higher number of participants (28% or 81), opted to take Viocare’s nutritional assessment which is targeted at personalized nutrition evaluation and education. Participants that took Viocare’s nutritional assessment had slightly higher engagement with coaching (75% vs. 71%) and greater average program participation time (536 days vs. 456 days) compared to those that did not. The most significant difference between those taking the assessment and those that did not is the average weight lost. Results show that participants that took Viocare’s nutritional assessment had higher average weight loss in both coached and non-coached scenarios. Participation Level of Employee Average Change BMI Average Weight Loss (lbs.) Sustained Weight Loss No Assessment & No Coach -0.3 2.1 1.1% Assessment & No Coach -0.5 3.7 2.0% No Assessment & Coaching -0.3 2.3 1.2% Assessment & Coaching -0.6 4.4 2.5% Looking in more detail only at the participants that have the highest risk for impacting healthcare costs, (those with BMI greater than 30) similar patterns can be observed. Participants that took the assessment and had coaching produced the best results with an average of 9.8 pounds lost. Participation Level of Employee with BMI 30+ Average Change BMI Average Weight Loss (lbs.) Sustained Weight Loss No Assessment & No Coach -0.1 1.5 0.7% Assessment & No Coach* -0.1 1.2 0.5% No Assessment & Coaching -0.7 4.4 2.0% Assessment & Coaching -1.5 9.8 4.3% *very small sample size (n=6) Viocare’s nutritional assessment is aimed at providing an engaging and thought provoking way to educate participants about their nutrition. In addition, it enables professionals to engage with their clients and incorporate meaningful and personalized dietary recommendations for more positive health outcomes. For more information contact Diena Seeger at email@example.com
Learn how Viocare's unique Nutritional Assessment Program resulted in significant sustained weight loss for employees. Dec 27, 2014 Health & Medicine
Learn how Viocare's unique Nutritional Assessment Program resulted in significant sustained weight loss for employees.