The University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC) conducted a study to test strategies to achieve weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in adult employees with obesity. The Healthy Weigh Study, which started in 2015, was an innovative test of the relative effectiveness of environmental strategies and financial incentives, compared to “usual care,” on weight loss and maintenance. The study evaluated whether financial incentives and environmental strategies, separately and together, helped to achieve initial weight loss and maintenance of weight loss more than no special strategies in urban worksites in Philadelphia. This study aimed to manage obesity by improving nutrition and physical activity in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health conditions.
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Glanz K, Shaw P, Kwong P, Choi J, Chung A, Zhu J, Huang Q, Hoffer K, Volpp K. Effect of Financial Incentives and Environmental Strategies on Weight Loss in The Healthy Weigh Study: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Network Open 2021;4(9): e2124132. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.24132