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NAASO 2006 Abstract

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  • 1. Physiological and Behavioral Correlates of Baseline Stages of Change in the Health Plus ... Page 1 of 1 Print this Abstract Physiological and Behavioral Correlates of Baseline Stages of Change in the Health Plus Challenge Program. ROBERT LOWE The prevalence of both diabetes and cardiovascular disease in our population is higher than the national averages. The health care costs for these employees, retirees, and dependents are substantially higher than for the balance of the insured. The Health Plus Challenge program (HPC) was developed in response to double-digit inflation in health care costs for the Polk County School District (PCSD) employees. A two- year pilot project demonstrated a reduction in the health care costs related to diabetes and cardiovascular disease (Lowe, 2005). Increased body mass index (BMI) may lead to increased risk for both diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, a primary goal of the HPC program was to decrease the risk for these diseases through reduction in BMI through screenings, counseling, and education. We hypothesized that BMI would be correlated to Stages of Change for Weight Management as well as other physiological and behavioral factors. Data was collected on 1532 HPC participants (mean age 47± 6 and mean BMI of 32 ± 12). Pearson correlation coefficients were generated for each variable. The resulting correlation matrix revealed that Stages of Change for Weight Management was only moderately correlated to exercise (p≤0.05). All other factors failed to reach a reasonable level of correlation. These results suggest that factors other than Stages of Change for Weight Management need to be considered in the this population in order to explain the observed reduction in body mass. http://www.softconference.com/naaso/abstract.asp?SID=83374 10/12/2008

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