Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The study showing that workplace wellness programs work was named the “Best Prevention Idea of the Week,” while Weight Watchers teaming up with McDonald’s has been named “Worst Prevention Idea of the Week.”

The “Best/Worst” awards are announced each week in “Prevention Matters,” the blog of Partnership for Prevention. Nominees are submitted by Partnership staff as well as the general public, and are voted on by the staff. Partnership for Prevention is a nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders who are working to make evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority. More information is available at


Workplace wellness programs help employees lose weight and reduce their risk of heart diseasea new study shows. U.S. researchers followed 757 hospital workers who took part in a voluntary 12-week, team-based wellness program that focused on diet and exercise. Data on the participants' weight, lifestyle behavior and heart disease risk factors were collected at the start of the study, at the end of the wellness program and a year after the program ended. All participants had similar improvements in levels of physical activity, along with lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and reduced waist circumferences at program end and at one year, the findings showed.


McDonald’s and point-based diet company Weight Watchers will partner in New Zealand, with the Weight Watchers logo appearing on three select MCD products -- Chicken McNuggets, the Filet-O-Fish sandwich and a Sweet Chili Chicken wrap.  It's the latest win for McDonald's  in a campaign for a healthier image that dates back to 2004 -- and which has coincided with a major move in its stock price.


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