Doctors, Hospital Find Success Fighting Obesity
Brookhaven, MS -- A group of rural Mississippi
doctors and hospital leaders at a Brookhaven Mississippi
hospital have funded research to fight obesity in the fattest
state in the nation. And they have seen remarkable success.
How successful? If you consider success a
27 percent drop in body fat in eight weeks without dieting,
the program is successful. If you consider that the research
subjects (hospital employees, average age 46) only spent
20-minutes, three-days-a-week with a special exercise protocol
created by one of the hospital employees, their obesity-fighting
program is as successful as you can get.
"The only way to get better results in
body-fat loss is surgery," says Dr. Jeff Ross, hospitalist
and a member of the hospital administrative staff. "This
program could potentially save Medicare millions by reducing
obesity and reducing the need for cholesterol-lowering statin
drugs (a $14 billion dollar class of drugs) and reducing
the number of diabetics and metabolic syndrome patients
on Medicare," says Ross.
The 20-minute, three-days-a-week exercise
protocol is described as "scientific play," by
Cheri Walker, Chief Nursing Officer for King's Daughters
Medical Center, and a test subject for the one of the hospital's
self-funded, obesity research projects.
"This realistic exercise protocol has
the potential to drastically reduce childhood obesity in
the US," says pediatric cardiologist Dr. David Braden,
lead author of the research report. "I don't want to
see Mississippi ranked the number one most obese state in
the US next year," says Braden.
Obesity is shown to be the underlying factor
for diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, metabolic
syndrome, arthritis, gall bladder disease, impaired fertility,
complications during pregnancy, sleep apnea, gout, low-back
pain, and one study shows that 20 percent of cancer is caused
Alvin Hoover, King's Daughters Medical Center
CEO who holds two advanced degrees; one in healthcare administration
and a second masters in exercise science says, "It's
the hospital's responsibility to provide more than the best
healthcare possible for those in our service area. We're
called to go beyond that standard," says Hoover. "Our
board, our physicians, and our staff have drawn a circle
around our service area and we have implemented a health
status improvement strategy to help those we serve to defeat
The exercise protocol was developed years
ago by a King's Daughters manager, Phil Campbell, who is
board certified by the American College of Sports Medicine
and the American College of Healthcare Executives. The exercise
protocol is called the "Sprint 8" and it was designed
by Campbell to target a natural release of exercise-induced
growth hormone that is shown to get the same results as
actually injecting growth hormone.
Growth hormone injections are reported to
cost as much as $1,000 per month in anti-aging centers,
and it's banned for athletes because it illegally improves
performance. Campbell explains that the natural way to increase
growth hormone with exercise gets even better results.
Growth hormone injections are shown to get
desirable results. "When growth hormone is injected,
the results are, on average, a 14.4 percent drop in body
fat and an 8.8 percent gain lean muscle mass," says
Campbell. "Our study on middle-aged working adults
shows that targeting growth hormone with Sprint 8 gets twice
the results of injecting growth hormone in body fat loss."
Another important benefit women find attractive
is research showing that growth hormone thickens skin by
7.1 percent. "The skin-thickening benefit means that
wrinkles are filled in and this gives a more youthful appearance
that women find motivating," says Campbell.
The middle-aged research subjects in the King's
Daughters study were required to participate in a one-hour
presentation before beginning the eight-week Sprint 8 study.
During the presentation Campbell explains that they may
get comments about changing their makeup. "The skin-thickening
potential is very motivating to women and a very real benefit,"
While Sprint 8 only takes 20 minutes, three-days-a-week,
it is an intense exercise program that conditions the aerobic
and the anaerobic processes for the heart muscle and he
recommends that individuals get a physician exam before
starting anaerobic exercise.
"Sprint 8 can be performed in many different
ways," explains Campbell, "one of the best ways
to learn Sprint 8 is on your favorite piece of cardio equipment."
Performing Sprint 8 on cardio equipment found
in most fitness centers and at home is relativity simple.
After a three minute easy-paced warm up, there are eight
segments consisting of what Campbell describes, "30-second,
all-out, fast-fiber recruiting, anaerobic cardio sprint."
Each of the eight cardio sprints is followed by a 90-second
"active recovery," which according to Campbell
is equal to the intensity of walking.
According to college science instructor Duane
Burt, who is a part-time researcher at King's Daughters,
the eight 30-second cardio sprints equal to only four minutes
of high-intensity anaerobic activity and 16-minutes of an
easy-pace active recovery. "This is a time-saving exercise
protocol, and the results have been amazing. In a week's
time," says Burt "Sprint 8 totals only one hour
of exercise of which only 12 minutes is anaerobic. Everyone
can find one hour a week for results like we are seeing."
Research test subjects are told to start with
two cardio sprints, and slowly build up to all eight. "If
you ever think you can do more than eight, you didn't do
it right," explains Campbell.
The revolutionary Sprint 8 strategy has been
studied and works. But there is only so much the rural hospital
can do for now. Hoover and hospital leaders plan to seek
a grant to expand the research and implement Sprint 8 in
The results Sprint 8 is getting for those
that make an eight-week commitment to do the program is
spreading like wildfire. Hospital employee, Elizabeth Smith
heard about the trial study, and decided to give Sprint
8 a try. Her results:
"Before starting Sprint 8, I was at the
absolute unhealthiest stage of my life. At 260 pounds, 44
percent body fat," says Smith, "I couldn't walk
up a flight of stairs without getting winded. I had to make
a change and decided to give Sprint 8 a try."
Smith wondered if she could really see the
touted results in 20 minutes, three-days-a-week.
"Sprint 8 has totally changed my life
I believe it saved me. Six months after starting Sprint
8, I've lost 60 pounds and dropped to 26% body fat. I have
more energy now than I have ever had. Everyone tells me
how great I look now. The workout is not easy, but the process
is as easy as 20 minutes-a-day, three-days-a-week. People
ask me every day if I did all this with diet and exercise
and I get to tell them, 'no diet
Jennifer Jones, a King's Daughters registered
nurse, experienced the eight-week trial study and saw similar
"I just wanted to feel better and look
better, but I didn't realize the impact that Sprint 8 would
have on my cholesterol. My physician had told me that I
was going to have to get on cholesterol medicine. My mom
and dad both have high cholesterol. But I refused because
of the side effects and just hoped it would come down on
its own," explains Jones.
When Jones began the program, her body fat
was 31 percent. After 8 weeks, her body fat dropped to 18
percent without dieting. Although Jones' weight remained
about the same due to the building of muscle, her total
cholesterol dropped from 270 to 183.
"I have been very pleased with the results
and will continue doing Sprint 8. I have so much more energy,"
Chairperson of the King's Daughters Medical
Center board, Melinda McBride also felt the energy increase
when she started the Sprint 8 protocol. "I have double
the energy and that keeps me going as the hospital board
chair and as a grandmother who plans on being active with
my grandchildren for years to come," says McBride.
Campbell explains that Sprint 8 changes the
body at the cellular level to improve energy. He cites studies
showing that the number of mitochondria, the part of muscle
cells that turn food and oxygen into energy are doubled
in eight weeks. "Sprint 8 can double energy capacity
in a few short weeks," says Campbell.
"Sprint 8 is like interviewing the body
and asking 'what kind of exercise program should I be doing,'
explains Campbell, "and the body is screaming at us
through new research that when we do Sprint 8, the body
releases the most powerful body fat reducing, energy generating,
muscle toning substance known in science -- exercise-induced
See Full KDMC Obesity study here
More Sprint 8 Cardio Info here