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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | May 2013

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Reducing chronic disease: analysis of a community wellness programme

Reducing chronic disease: analysis of a community wellness programme
Public Health

Pages: 6 - 7

Article topics: Diabetes, Diabetes care, Obesity, Weight loss

A six-week community wellness programme was conducted to promote weight loss and reduce obesity.  Participants’ weight, blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, and finger-stick glucose were measured before and after the programme which included exercise, nutrition and diabetes prevention sessions. Initially, 189 men and women enrolled; 74 participants were included in the post-intervention data collection. Statistically significant results (p <0.001) indicated that women reduced weight (mean 3.31% ± 0.02%) and decreased  waist circumference by 1.91552% ± 2.14454 inches. Men reduced weight significantly (mean 6.5% ± 0.44%) and decreased waist circumference (mean 3.14063 ± 3.04118 inches) (p<.001).

Jenny Manry, DNP, FNP, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University
Jane Peterson, PhD, APRN, FAANP, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City

Article accepted for publication: February 2013