Study proves effectiveness of Weight Watchers; new session begins soon

September 30, 2011

People who attended a commercial weight-loss program, Weight Watchers, lost twice as much weight over a year as those who received standard care from their primary care provider, a new randomized, controlled trial shows.

The study, which appears in a recent issue of Lancet, is the first to illustrate that a commercial provider is more effective for weight loss than primary care management.
WorkLife Programs is offering a new session of Weight Watchers at Work, to be held at noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 4 and running through Dec. 20. The first class will meet in Stewart Center, Room 320.

For those looking either to achieve significant, long-term weight loss or just trying to shed a few pounds, Weight Watchers at Work can help effect a lifestyle change to assist with that goal. If a participant's Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 25, WorkLife Programs will pay for half of the $144 class fee if participants attend 11 of 12 meetings. Participants are eligible for only two of these incentive rounds in their lifetime.

To register for Weight Watchers at Work or other offerings, go to and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.

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