Low-Intensity Weight Loss Program Targeting Obesity Leads to Clinically Significant & Sustainable Weight Loss

  Low-Intensity Weight Loss Program Targeting Obesity Leads to Clinically
  Significant & Sustainable Weight Loss

 One-third of participants in this study reported weight loss of ≥ 5% of body
          weight after six months; 11% reported weight loss of ≥ 10%

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ATLANTA -- January 28, 2014

A low-intensity weight loss program that requires only three behavioral
counseling calls to complete the program combined with a comprehensive website
can lead to clinically significant and sustainable weight loss for many obese
participants, according to a study published this month in the Journal of

The study of 2,917 participants with a stated goal of losing weight
demonstrated that 34% of participants who responded to the six-month follow-up
survey reported a weight loss of ≥ 5% while 11% reported a weight loss of ≥
10%. At 12 months, 39% of participants who responded to the survey reported a
weight loss of ≥ 5% while 16% reported a weight loss of ≥ 10%.

Conducted by Alere Wellbeing, a leading provider of behavior change solutions,
the study evaluated employee participants of 15 employers who started the
program with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater between 2009 and 2011.
Employees were offered the six-month integrated phone- and web-based weight
management program as an employee benefit.

The program included three staff-initiated phone-based counseling sessions,
including two calls with a weight loss health coach and one with a registered
dietician. Participants could call in to talk with a coach any time during
program participation. The website offered eLearning modules for core skills
and health behaviors such as stress reduction, time management, body image
improvement, and coping with difficult eating sessions as well as weight and
activity trackers.

“For obese people, losing just 5% of body weight can prevent chronic
conditions or slow the progression of a chronic condition, as well as
significantly improve their health, productivity and quality of life,” says
Kelly Carpenter, PhD, the lead author of the study, “Outcomes and Utilization
of a Low Intensity Workplace Weight Loss Program.” “This study demonstrates
that behavioral coaching combined with the right online tools can lead obese
people to healthy behavior change.”

Another important finding was that positive health behavior changes were
evident even among those who did not achieve a clinically significant weight
loss. At six months, a majority of participants who responded to the six-month
survey reported eating four servings of fruit and vegetables each day. “Even
if they didn’t lose weight, these healthy lifestyle changes can improve their
health status and eventually lead to weight loss,” Dr. Carpenter explains.

Participants who responded to the six-month survey also reported eating
breakfast on most days – which has been shown to reduce overeating throughout
the day – and increasing physical activity to at least four days a week. About
30% of participants reported lower stress levels after participating in the
program. Results showed that participants who lowered their stress level were
more likely to achieve a clinically significant weight loss.

The Alere program evaluated in the study has since evolved to become the
American Diabetes Association WeightTalk® Program – a comprehensive weight
loss program offered to employers, health plans and public sector
organizations. Launched in 2012, WeightTalk Program includes 11
staff-initiated calls and a website structured around 10 evidence-based
practices designed to help participants learn weight-loss fundamentals. Alere
also offers a specialized program, WeightTalk® D, for obese people with Type 2

If you are interested in learning more about WeightTalk, contact Alere

About Alere

Alere Wellbeing is part of the health information solutions business of Alere
Inc. By developing new capabilities in near-patient diagnosis, monitoring and
health information technology, Alere enables individuals to take charge of
improving their health and quality of life at home. Alere's global leading
products and services, as well as its new product development efforts, focus
on cardiology, infectious disease, toxicology and diabetes. Alere is
headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information regarding Alere,
please visit www.alere.com.


Jan McClure, 770-559-1016
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