Publication Date



Contemporary Clinical Trials


Physicians are recommended to screen and refer obese patients to weight management programs (WMPs). There are often limited referral options for physicians, though commercially-available WMPs could be a potential solution. The purpose of this study (Path to Health) was to evaluate the efficacy of health coaching to promote enrollment in commercially-available WMPs through a two-arm, RCT with obese patients (n = 168) randomly assigned to intervention (n = 84) or control groups (n = 84). Intervention participants received phone health coaching to help them select and enroll in WMPs. We collected data on program enrollment, weight, self-reported physical activity (PA), and fruit and vegetable (FV) intake at baseline, 3- and 6-months. We used logistic regression to assess the intervention effect on enrollment in WMPs and longitudinal regression models to evaluate the effect on weight change, PA and FV intake. The average age was 54.7 years, 59% were female and 43% were Black and 49% were White. At 6 months, 39% of the intervention group (vs. 29% of control) had enrolled in WMPs. We found no longitudinal intervention effect on weight, PA and FV intake. We found that there was more weight loss for those who completed ≥4 calls as compared to those who completedstudy, we found that phone health coaching was successful in increasing obese adults' enrollment in commercially-available WMPs and that there was a dose response relationship for weight and behavioral outcomes.


Body Mass Index, Diet Therapy, Exercise, Female, Health Behavior, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Mentoring, Middle Aged, Obesity, Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care, Remote Consultation, Self-Management, Weight Reduction Programs



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.