Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
In September 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have an obesity problem. According to the CDC, this issue results in other medical conditions such as type 11 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. This project was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of an evidence-based weight reduction program for obese individuals at a medical facility in the North Central United States. The methodology used consisted of a retrospective chart review of pre- and post-data for 45 people who participated in the medical facility's weight-reduction program over a 6 month period. Results showed an average weight loss of 19 pounds by participants in the program. A t-test for dependent samples was conducted to compare pre-and post-program weights. Findings suggested a statistically significant difference (p < .001) decrease in weight before and after participation in the program. Effect size, measuring the magnitude of the difference between pre- and post-program participant weight, was (d = 0 .58). Findings of this project suggest that the program has merit and worth as a weight management aid for the context in which it was developed and implemented. The inclusion of other clinics in the weight loss program serves as potential transferability of knowledge in obesity management to similar contexts. Extending the program to a full one year may yield further benefits. A periodic follow-up with participants in the program may lead to opportunities for longer-term evaluation. This project contributes to social change by empowering participants in weight reduction and health management.