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Worksite cancer screening and nutrition intervention for high-risk auto workers: design and baseline findings of the Next Step Trial.

BACKGROUND: This article describes the design and baseline findings of The Next Step Trial, a health promotion intervention targeting automobile industry employees at increased colorectal cancer risk. The intervention encouraged colorectal cancer screening participation and adoption of low-fat, high-fiber diets. METHODS: Twenty-eight worksites (n = 5,042) were randomized to control (a company-sponsored screening program) or intervention (an enhanced screening program including a personalized educational booklet and motivational telephone call and diet-change program including nutrition classes, self-help materials, and computer-generated personalized feedback). Outcomes included screening compliance and fat and fiber intake. RESULTS: Pretrial data indicated targeted employees were predominantly older, well educated, married, Caucasian men. Sixty-one percent (SE = 2) participated in the screening program in the preceding 2 years, and 24% (SE = 1) reported a history of colorectal polyps or cancer. Fifty-eight percent of the cohort responded to the baseline questionnaire; respondents were older and more educated; more were married, retired, and Caucasian than nonrespondents. Mean dietary intakes were 36.9% energy from fat (SE = 0.21), 8.8 g fiber/1000 kcal (SE = 0.07), and 3.4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (SE = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS: Baseline data show moderate screening participation and dietary intakes that did not meet guidelines; hence intervention efforts were warranted. Data from this trial will support a rigorous test of whether this high-risk employee population is responsive to targeted health promotion, early cancer detection, and prevention interventions.[1]


  1. Worksite cancer screening and nutrition intervention for high-risk auto workers: design and baseline findings of the Next Step Trial. Tilley, B.C., Vernon, S.W., Glanz, K., Myers, R., Sanders, K., Lu, M., Hirst, K., Kristal, A.R., Smereka, C., Sowers, M.F. Preventive medicine. (1997) [Pubmed]
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