Weight Measurements and Standards for Soldiers, Phase 2
Annual rept. 1 Oct 2014-30 Sep 2015
PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER BATON ROUGE LA
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The specific aims of the study are to 1 examine body weight and fat changes associated with participation in a population-based intervention, 2 examine changes in fitness associated with participation in a population-based intervention, and 4 evaluate the maintenance of changes in body weight, body fat, and fitness after discontinuation of the promotion associated with the H.E.A.L.T.H. program. The study is a cluster group randomized trial in which clusters of Army National Guard units were 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 includes two years of baseline data, two years of the 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 is collected from two sources 1 the Unit Personnel System- Command Management System UPS-CMS, and 2 the H.E.A.L.T.H. website. Data has been collected using routinely obtained annual Army Physical Fitness Tests APFT. Participants are not 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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