195124 Evaluation of a standardized wellness protocol to improve weight, heart rate, blood pressure, strength, BMI, body fat, waist circumference, and lung capacity: A retrospective analysis of outcome

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Matthew McCoy, DC, MPH , Division of Clinical Sciences, Life University, Marietta, GA

To determine if a standardized, wellness protocol that focuses on diet, exercise, vitamin supplementation and one-on-one coaching improves weight, heart rate, blood pressure, strength, Body Mass Index (BMI), body fat, waist circumference and forced vital capacity (FVC).


A retrospective analysis of subject data collected through a central data repository.


A total of 178 subjects from 197 private clinics completed an 18 week protocol and had initial and final assessments. The mean age of all subjects 50.98, with a total of 152 female subjects and 26 males.

All measures showed improvement following the intervention with mean values for the entire sample, and for gender separately, decreasing for weight, blood pressure, heart rate, BMI, body fat and waist circumference. Mean values for FVC, arm, leg, and torso strength all increased. Paired sample t-tests and significance testing for the entire sample, and for both genders separately, determined that these changes were statistically significant.


This standardized wellness protocol leads to improved health outcomes. The results of these tests are generally accepted measures of risk for cardiovascular events, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer. There is little evaluative data on health outcomes related to programs designed to reduce risk of chronic lifestyle related diseases. For those clients utilizing the program evaluated in this study, there appears to be evidence suggesting improved health outcomes from participation in this specific protocol. The results of this study have implications related to a broad number of public health issues related to management of chronic lifestyle diseases.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the literature supporting lifestyle based interventions in chronic lifestyle diseases. 2. Explain the role of risk factor management in lifestyle based interventions. 3. Identify those interventions that lead to improvement in risk factors for lifestyle based chronic diseases.

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Chronic Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a 20 year history of practicing and teaching alternative and complementary medicine specifically in the areas of wellness and lifestyle based intervention for chronic illness.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.