Research Triangle Park, NC, August 07, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Starting the week of September 5th, a successful weight-management program is being delivered to employees’ desktop or laptop computers.
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Online is a 15-week, Internet-based weight management program developed by nutrition and physical activity experts in the N.C. Division of Public Health and N.C. Cooperative Extension.
The program has been piloted state-wide in two formats – in-person and online. Now the online program with a real-time live instructor is being opened to the public for the first time.
“Offering the program online has really proven to be a great way to get this program to more people,” said Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist with NC Cooperative Extension, and the lead author of the program. “The live classes have been successful at helping employees lose weight and learn new habits that will help them be healthier throughout their lives, and so far, the online classes appear to be just as effective.”
Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less has been shown to help participants lose weight and improve blood pressure – two variables that are associated with healthcare cost savings. A recent data analysis done by a noted health economist indicated that for every $1 spent on Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less, approximately $2.16 can be saved in employee medical care and lost productivity costs.*
The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program uses strategies based in research that are proven to be effective in helping participants lose weight and improve blood pressure – two factors associated with improving health and reducing chronic disease risk.
Each hour-long weekly session empowers and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about healthy eating and physical activity. The program provides opportunities for participants to track their progress and keep a journal of healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
To learn more about the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program or to enroll your employees in an online class, please visit www.esmmweighless.com. The deadline to register for the 2011 class series is August 29th.
* These results are from analysis of data obtained specifically from classes offered through a grant-funded program to State employees between August 2009 and August 2010.