Weight Measurements and Standards for Soldiers, Phase 2
Annual rept. 1 Oct 2013-30 Sep 2014
PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER BATON ROUGE LA
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The specific aims of the study are to 1 compare body weight changes associated with participation in a population-based intervention in comparison to participation in a control group, 2 compare changes in fitness associated with participation in a population-based intervention in comparison to participation in a control group, 3 evaluate improvement in body weight and fitness in the control group when these participants are provided access to the H.E.A.L.T.H. intervention, and 4 evaluate the maintenance of changes in body weight and fitness after discontinuation of the promotion associated with the H.E.A.L.T.H. program. The study is a cluster group randomized controlled trial in which clusters of Army National Guard units are randomly assigned to one of two treatment arms 1 immediate access to the H.E.A.L.T.H. intervention or 2 delayed access to the H.E.A.L.T.H. intervention. The research design include two years of baseline data, two years of the controlled comparison of the two treatment arms, followed by two years of delivery of the H.E.A.L.T.H. intervention to the treatment arm that received a delayed intervention. Access to the H.E.A.L.T.H. intervention will be continued for one additional year for both treatment arms to evaluate utilization and efficacy after discontinuation of the H.E.A.L.T.H. promotion program. Data will be collected from two sources 1 the Unit Personnel System-Command Management System UPS-CMS and 2 the H.E.A.L.T.H. website primary. Data will also be collected using routinely obtained annual Army Physical Fitness Tests APFT as an adjunct source. Participants are not be required to sign voluntary consent forms due to their anonymity. The H.E.A.L.T.H. intervention will be available for all population Soldiers during periods designated by the research study design.
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