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A Multidisciplinary Health Intervention for the Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome

Grant Winners

  • Steven Pfister, M.S. – College of Health Care Sciences
  • Robert Oller, D.O. – Division of Clinical Operations
  • Ronald Bekic, D.O. – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Marilyn Gordon, M.S., R.D., L.D./N.
  • Bini Litwin, Ph.D., PT – College of Health Care Sciences
  • Linda Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP – Center for Psychological Studies
  • Mark Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP – Center for Psychological Studies
  • Beth Michel Harris, Student – College of Health Care Sciences


  • Richard Davis, PA-C, Ed.D. – College of Health Care Sciences
  • Robert Oller, D.O.
  • Anthony Silvagni, Ph.D. – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Karen Grosby, M.Ed. – Center for Psychological Studies


Award Winners

Need/ Background: Obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol are significant risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease and other chronic health conditions. Many times health services are available but uncoordinated which makes patient compliance more difficult.

Rationale: NSU is in a unique position to implement a program to identify a health and wellness intervention for NSU employees who are at risk for serious illness and large health care costs. By managing the different elements of our primary care services we can control cost, eliminate duplication, insure compliance with appropriate care and ensure that all aspects of disease management are being addressed concurrently which may result in more favorable, sustainable health outcomes.

Methodology: This study will be a quasi-experimental, pre-test/post-test design, with a purposive sample selected via referral by NSU clinical medical services.

Data Analysis: Data will be analyzed using SPSS version 16.0 for statistical significance of pre/post intervention change via paired T-tests.

Significance: Results of this study will guide the creation of health and wellness programs for at-risk employees.

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