The £ for lb challenge – a lose – win – win scenario. Results from a novel workplace-based, peer-led weight management programme

Damien Bennett, Declan Bradley, Angela McComb, Amy Kiernan, Tracy Owen

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Title: The £ for lb. Challenge – A lose - win – win scenario. Results from a novel workplace-based, peer-led weight management programme in 2016.

Names: Damien Bennett, Declan Bradley, Angela McComb, Amy Kiernan, Tracey Owen

Background: Tackling obesity is a public health priority. The £ for lb. Challenge is the first country wide, workplace-based peer-led weight management programme in the UK or Ireland with participants from a range of private and public businesses in Northern Ireland (NI).
Intervention: The intervention was workplace-based, led by workplace Champions and based on the NHS Choices 12 week weight loss guide. It operated from January to April 2016. Overweight and obese adult workers were eligible. Training of Peer Champions (staff volunteers) involved two half day workshops delivered by dieticians and physical activity professionals.
Outcome measurement: Weight was measured at enrolment and 12 weekly intervals. Changes in weight, % weight, BMI and % BMI were determined for the whole cohort and sex and deprivation subgroups.
Results: There were 1513 eligible participants from 35 companies. Engagement rate was 98%. 75% of participants completed the programme. Mean weight loss was 2.4 kg or 2.7%. Almost a quarter (24%) lost at least 5% initial bodyweight. Male participants were over twice as likely to complete the programme and three times more likely to lose 5% body weight or more. Over £17,000 was raised for NI charities.
Discussion: The £ for lb. Challenge is a successful health improvement programme with important weight loss for many participants, particularly male workers. With high levels of user engagement and ownership and successful multidisciplinary collaboration between public health, voluntary bodies, private and public companies it is a novel workplace based model with potential to expand.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2016
EventInstitute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) Open Conference 2016 - http://www.iphopenconference.com/content/2016, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Oct 201611 Oct 2016

Conference

ConferenceInstitute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) Open Conference 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period11/10/201611/10/2016

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    Bennett, D., Bradley, D., McComb, A., Kiernan, A., & Owen, T. (2016). The £ for lb challenge – a lose – win – win scenario. Results from a novel workplace-based, peer-led weight management programme. Abstract from Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) Open Conference 2016, Belfast, United Kingdom.