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Research Highlights

Can risk factors be improved without taking medications?

We demonstrated improvements in blood pressure, LDL cholesterol level and fasting blood glucose through lifestyle interventions alone in individuals with elevated values. Within only three months of starting the INTERVENT program, many participants had achieved goal levels without taking medications. These findings have important implications for cost-containment.
Source: American Journal of Cardiology 2004.

Are worksite health promotion programs equally effective?

Worksite programs are not equally effective. We believe that the intensity and duration of an intervention are important predictors of clinical benefit. This study, conducted by an independent third party (a leading academic institution), shows that our comprehensive, one-year lifestyle health coaching program was more effective in terms of coronary heart disease (CHD) risk reduction than a less intensive comparison program. The comparison program offered a health risk assessment, a single review session with a nurse and free access to a fully equipped fitness center and a wide range of classes and workshops on exercise, nutrition, stress management, cholesterol control, blood pressure control, smoking cessation and weight management.  
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2008

Can participants with the metabolic syndrome* benefit from a comprehensive lifestyle intervention addressing multiple risk factors?

Our lifestyle health coaching program, which addresses multiple risk factors in a comprehensive, integrated manner, produced very favourable benefits for people with the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is a constellation of interrelated risk factors - all of which are strongly influenced by lifestyle. Having the metabolic syndrome increases the individual's risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death. 

*Metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of any three of these five risk factors: abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting glucose, low HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides.
Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2010

INTERVENT has a number of publications in peer reviewed medical journals that attest to participants’ long term weight loss in conjunction with reduction in cardiovascular risk factors.  The findings of one such large study are presented below: