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We collaborated with Dr Clare Relton, Research Fellow, ScHARR, University of Sheffield to evaluate and provide an evidence base for our methods and services.  A snapshot of the results are as follows:
  • The average weight loss was higher than that of other programmes and has a significant effect on reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
  • 33% of candidates suffering from depression at the outset, no longer had this at 12 weeks.
  • 50% of candidates suffering from long-standing fatigue no longer had this at 12 weeks.

We commissioned the University of Sheffield to evaluate a 3 month initial pilot project in Sheffield between May and August 2010.  This weight management programme supported those with a BMI over 25 and/or those suffering from co-morbidities. 

The study investigated the impact that Zeal Health methods had on outcomes in terms of weight, health and mental wellbeing, as well as acceptability for public sector commissioners and the private sector.  Zeal Health ensured that all relevant registrations, CHAS, CRB, insurance, qualified staff, health and safety, and other administrative requirements were in place.   Sheffield community weight management programme

The client group was situated across three areas of Sheffield. Zeal Health provided workshops within these communities. Participants were referred from Sheffield Council's Physical Activity scheme, self-referral, PR activity in the local press, local employers, and GP's. The workshops focused on nutritional education, behavioural change (including self-belief and self esteem) and physical activity. Exercise education was already being delivered by the PARS NHS scheme. Workshops were interactive, group focused and engaging. 

Sheffield community weight management programme

  • Attendance average 69% compared to Weight Watchers NHS referral scheme at 58%.
  • Attendance declared very high in spite of the fact that 90% of candidates suffered chronic illnesses.
  • At 12 weeks, 90% of candidates had lost weight.
  • The mean weight loss of those that lost weight was 5.4% of total body weight and 5.38 kg. (This has a significant effect on reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers).
  • 33% of candidates suffering from depression at the outset, no longer had this at 12 weeks.
  • 50% of candidates suffering from long-standing fatigue no longer had this at 12 weeks.

 

Sheffield community weight management programmeThe outcomes were measured using the NHS South Yorkshire Cohort Study and the results were collated by the University of Sheffield.  If you are a commissioning officer or a buyer, and you interested in seeing the pdf report, please email a request using the contact page.

Completion: The project was completed satisfactorily and indeed exceeded expectations of many of the participants. Feedback from candidates was incredibly positive and included the following comments about the course:

 

I judge myself less,  I believe in myself,   I am working on my stress levels,   easy to understand,   well presented,   very informative,   lots of encouragement on what to do next,   didn't make you feel guilty,   easy to understand,   lots of empathy shown,   walking and swimming further.

Also:

"I’d previously felt a complete failure and didn’t understand why my body was craving the wrong foods.  The course has helped me to understand my body for the first time in my life.  The programme was unique.  I liked the support given in the classroom situation and the dual approach of nutrition and psychology. "

Carol Wood, Dept of Work and Pensions worker.