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Community-based approach to weight loss: the Pawtucket "weigh-in".

Authors
  • Lasater, T M1
  • Sennett, L L
  • Lefebvre, R C
  • DeHart, K L
  • Peterson, G
  • Carleton, R A
  • 1 Division of Health Education, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket 02860.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Addictive Behaviors
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
16
Issue
3-4
Pages
175–181
Identifiers
PMID: 2063705
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Pawtucket Heart Health Program (PHHP), in its attempt to treat obesity in the community, has delivered many traditional group and self-help weight loss programs. However, in order to reach a sufficient number of people to produce a public health impact in Pawtucket, PHHP devised a monthly city-wide "weigh-in." This program, designed to be delivered by volunteers, allowed individuals to set a weight loss goal and pledge a monetary incentive toward this goal. Self-help materials and the opportunity to join weight loss groups were provided. In the pilot study, 129 (61%) of 213 enrollees completed the 10-week program with a mean weight loss of 8.2 lb (p less than .001). A large decrease in total serum cholesterol was also observed. Nonpersonnel costs, including the total costs of the cholesterol measurement, were $1.30 per pound lost. Moreover, success is also evident by continued availability of the program and the increasing number of new participants "referred" to the weigh-in by members.

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