Title

The Effectiveness of a Worksite Lifestyle Management Program on the Glycemic Control of City Truck Drivers

Document Type

Graduate Research

Publication Date

4-7-2016

Department

Nursing

Abstract

This quantitative research study demonstrates the impact of a structured worksite lifestyle management program on glucose control and diabetes risk factors in a group of municipal employed truck drivers who comply with federal regulations governing a Commercial Driver License (CDL). The purpose of this study was to determine if lifestyle interventions delivered through worksite programs could improve the participants glycemic control and decrease the participants risk factors for developing diabetes. The study included 18 volunteer CDL drivers employed by a city in Western Kansas. Participants were randomly selected and assigned to control a test groups. The methods used included pre and post testing of participants glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), fasting blood glucose (FBG), low density lipids (LDL), high density lipids (HDL), triglycerides, waist circumference, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and body fat percentage after six months. The lifestyle management program consisted of personalized face-to-face coaching sessions delivered to the test group by a nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, and certified fitness expert. The baseline lab and biometric values were compared to the six-month lab and biometric values of the test group and then of the control group. The results of the test group were found to be significantly more positive when compared to the results of the control group. The researcher concluded that while the six-month time frame of this study may not have been long enough to result in a statistically reduction of diabetes risk factors.

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