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Combined Before-and-After Workplace Intervention to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Healthcare Workers (STI-VI Study): Short-Term Assessment

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Department of Cardiac Thoracic Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padova, Via Giustiniani 2, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Preventive Medicine and Risk Assessment Unit, Padova University Hospital, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Department of Medicine, University of Padova, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Dietetic and Clinical Nutrition Unit, Padova University Hospital, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 2053; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15092053
Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 7 September 2018 / Accepted: 14 September 2018 / Published: 19 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Workplace Health Promotion 2018)
Health care workers (HCWs) are prone to a heavy psycho-physical workload. Health promotion programs can help prevent the onset of chronic and work-related diseases. The aim of the STI-VI ‘before-and-after’ study, with assessments scheduled at 6 and 12 months, was to improve the lifestyle of HCWs with at least one cardiovascular risk factor. A tailored motivational counseling intervention, focusing on dietary habits and physical activity (PA) was administered to 167 HCWs (53 males; 114 females). BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, and cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood glucose levels were measured before and after the intervention. The 6-month results (total sample and by gender) showed a marked effect on lifestyle: PA improved (+121.2 MET, p = 0.01), and diets became more similar to the Mediterranean model (+0.8, p < 0.001). BMI dropped (−0.2, p < 0.03), and waist circumference improved even more (−2.5 cm; p < 0.001). Other variables improved significantly: total and LDL cholesterol (−12.8 and −9.4 mg/dL, p < 0.001); systolic and diastolic blood pressure (−4.4 and −2.5 mmHg, p < 0.001); blood glucose (−1.5 mg/dL, p = 0.05); and triglycerides (significant only in women), (−8.7 mg/dL, p = 0.008); but HDL cholesterol levels dropped too. If consolidated at 12 months, these results indicate that our intervention can help HCWs maintain a healthy lifestyle and work ability. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; lifestyle changes; tailored counseling intervention; chronic diseases; work ability health promotion; lifestyle changes; tailored counseling intervention; chronic diseases; work ability
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Scapellato, M.L.; Comiati, V.; Buja, A.; Buttignol, G.; Valentini, R.; Burati, V.; La Serra, L.; Maccà, I.; Mason, P.; Scopa, P.; Volpin, A.; Trevisan, A.; Spinella, P. Combined Before-and-After Workplace Intervention to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Healthcare Workers (STI-VI Study): Short-Term Assessment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2053. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15092053

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Scapellato ML, Comiati V, Buja A, Buttignol G, Valentini R, Burati V, La Serra L, Maccà I, Mason P, Scopa P, Volpin A, Trevisan A, Spinella P. Combined Before-and-After Workplace Intervention to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Healthcare Workers (STI-VI Study): Short-Term Assessment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(9):2053. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15092053

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Scapellato, Maria L.; Comiati, Vera; Buja, Alessandra; Buttignol, Giulia; Valentini, Romina; Burati, Valentina; La Serra, Lucia; Maccà, Isabella; Mason, Paola; Scopa, Pasquale; Volpin, Anna; Trevisan, Andrea; Spinella, Paolo. 2018. "Combined Before-and-After Workplace Intervention to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Healthcare Workers (STI-VI Study): Short-Term Assessment" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 9: 2053. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15092053

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