Women On the Move through Activity And Nutrition (WOMAN) Study
An Evidence-Based Practice
The Women On the Move through Activity and Nutrition (WOMAN) Study is a nonpharmological intervention to increase weight loss and exercise among postmenopausal women in order to slow the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis. The intervention uses group education to encourage dietary change and increase physical activity. Program sessions throughout the year are led by nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and psychiatrists. Dietary changes include reducing fat consumption, and increasing fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and nutrient dense foods. Women are encouraged to participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
Goal / Mission
The goal of the WOMAN Study is to reduce the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis by reducing weight and waist circumference through dietary changes and physical activity.
Results / Accomplishments
At 18 months following the intervention there was a significant weight loss (17 pounds) and waist circumference decrease (10 cm) from baseline. Women in the lifestyle intervention group had significant changes in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol), insulin, and glucose when compared to a control group that received health education sessions. Risk factor improvements were greater for women who lost more weight. Women who were not on hormone therapy or stopped hormone therapy while in the study had greater LDL lipoprotein response than those who stayed on hormone therapy.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Lewis Kuller
Bellefield Professional Building, Room 550
130 North Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 383 1895
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Health / Heart Disease & Stroke
Health / Women's Health
- University of Pittsburgh Department of Epidemiology
- Journal of Women’s Health
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