The goal of the study is to determine the impact of six months of health counselling from an occupational health nurse for male workers who were diagnosed as having a high risk of metabolic syndrome during a workplace health check. One health nurse intervened during the study period, and the subjects were 73 males out of 137 total workers that went through the health check. Changes in attendance persistence, belly girth, weight, improvements in eating and exercising habits, eagerness to improve lifestyle, and other factors were used to assess the impact of advice. The data was analysed using the 2 test.
The average age of the participants was 48.0, and they mostly did deskwork. The overall attendance rate was 57.5 percent, with 35 percent of the 42.5 percent dropouts quitting owing to a heavy workload. The average belly circumference and weight at the start were 91.7cm and 76.0kg, respectively. They had lost 2.0cm in girth and 1.4kg in weight after six months. Diet improvement was 55.0 percent, while physical exercise improvement was 25.0 percent, with the diet improvement rate being considerably higher (P0.01). When it came to their willingness to modify their lifestyle, 55.0 percent of participants, more than double the initial figure, said they planned to do so within six months. To ensure continuous participation, it is vital to relaunch metabolic syndrome prevention by creating a new objective and providing information from workplaces to their families.
Faculty of Health Science, School of Nursing, Osaka Aoyama University, Japan.
Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan.
Osaka University Economics, Japan.