Weight loss in a community initiative that promotes decreased energy intake and increased physical activity and dairy consumption: Calcium weighs-in

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  • Background: This project addresses the need to identify feasible, effective weightmanagement programs that can be implemented within communities. The controversial role of dairy products in weight-management programs is also explored. Methods: The "Calcium Weighs-In" weight-loss program placed equal emphasis on diet and physical activity and was delivered within a community intervention to promote dairy consumption in Calcium, New York. One hundred ninety-nine adults in Calcium., NY, participated in the weight-loss program. Weight loss, increase in dairy intake, increase in steps, decrease in blood pressure, decrease in waist circumference, and decrease in body mass index (BMI) were examined. Results: The mean weight loss for 116 subjects who completed, the program was 6.0 ±4.2 kg (mean ± SD, P < .0001) with a percent weight change of 6.4% ± 4.2% (P < .0001). An increase of 3582 ± 4070 steps (P < .0001), as well as an increase of 0.8 ± 1.2 dairy servings (P < .0001) was seen. Higher average dairy consumption was associated with greater weight loss and a greater decrease in waist circumference. Conclusion: The results show that effective weight-management programs can. be implemented within communities. The results are also consistent with recommendations to include low-fat dairy products and a physical activity component in weight-management programs. © 2008 Human Kinetics, Inc.
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  • Wyatt HR; Jortberg BT; Babbel C; Garner S; Dong F; Grunwald GK; Hill JO
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  • 28
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  • 44
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  • 5
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  • 1