Educational or Curriculum

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Program

Initiative Description: behavior-change weight management program that provides education on nutrition and physical activity behaviors, and mindfulness. ESMMWL uses the following strategies: eating fewer calories, eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; eating breakfast regularly, controlling portion sizes; eating more meals at home; drinking fewer calorie-containing beverages; keeping a food/PA record; increasing PA; and watching less TV. The intervention involves 12 evidence-based eating and PA behaviors for weight management, the theory of planned behavior, and acceptance strategies such as living mindfully.

Study Results: Decreased BMI and waist circumference, increased confidence in being physically active and eating healthfully, improved blood pressure, increased mindfulness of what and how much participants ate, Increased mindfulness of amount of daily physical activity, led to overall fewer calories eaten.

Reference: Dunn, C., Whetstone, L.M., Kolasa, K.M., Jayaratne, K.S.U., Thomas, C., Aggarwal, S., … Rogers, A.B. (2013). Delivering a behavior-change weight management program to teachers and state employees in North Carolina. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(6), 378-383

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good