Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2019

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Bernadette Sobczak

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Ann Popkess



The prevalence of obesity is increasing in American and patients are living longer. Research suggests that behavioral lifestyle interventions help optimize elderly patient’s health and improve their quality of life. A successful behavioral weight loss program had been in place in one clinic within a large healthcare organization. The need at another metropolitan Midwest location seemed even greater due to having a patient population consisting of elderly, demographics, obesity trends, and high rates of obesity linked morbidities such a diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Thirteen elderly obese patients with ages ranging from 65-75 years old were enrolled in an eight-week behavioral intervention program. Each week participants were led in discussion about pedometer usage, goal setting and progress, journal review, food choices for the week and exercise regimen. Patients lost between 1-8 lbs. and 38% of them completed the entire program. Only 46% of participants, initially enrolled completed at least half of the program instead of the intended goal of 75%. A longer program length of twelve weeks, better recruitment of participants and offering several times for sessions are recommended for future program success.

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