Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients

This guide is a unique tool for health care providers that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. The tool is designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.

An Integrated Framework For The Prevention And Treatment Of Obesity And Its Related Chronic Diseases

STOP Director, Dr. Bill Dietz, recently published an article in Health Affairs. Along with a group of co-authors with expertise in research, clinical care, health policy, and public health, Dr. Dietz offered a new model for addressing the obesity epidemic, one that reaches beyond clinical intervention to include community systems as well. The paper proposes a modern framework, integrated in its approach to address both the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Accompanying the article is a figure which illustrates this proposed framework.

Weighing In is a STOP Obesity Alliance Blog

STOP Obesity Alliance December E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

Over the course of 2015, STOP Obesity Alliance added several new members, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Egg Nutrition Center, Healthy Weight Partnership, Dr. Monique Turner, TogoRun, and the World Obesity Federation. Now more than ever, our Alliance includes a range of organizations that represent voices crucial to addressing the obesity epidemic.

Click here to read more.

"Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health"

View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.

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Sixth Annual National Employee Wellness Month to be Held in June 2014, Companies Invited to Pledge Support - March 25th, 2014

Virgin Pulse Partners with STOP Obesity Alliance, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork to Encourage Companies to Support Employee Wellness, Create Cultures of Health

Framingham, Mass.– (March 25, 2014) – This June will mark the sixth annual National Employee Wellness Month (NEWM, twitter hashtag #NEWM2014), an initiative designed to empower business leaders to successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. The sponsors invite companies and organizations of all sizes across the country to participate by pledging their support for this annual initiative and promoting healthy habits in the workplace this June.

Healthy company cultures drive productivity and engagement. With these issues and healthcare costs directly impacting the bottom line, National Employee Wellness Month highlights the workplace’s role in creating a healthy, engaged workforce – and its impact on the business. Created in 2009 by Virgin Pulse in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by these organizations along with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork.

More than 175 organizations and 70,000 employees participated in National Employee Wellness Month in 2013. Today, organizations are once again invited to pledge their support for this important initiative.

Get Involved

Organizations are invited to pledge support and become Proud Supporters of National Employee Wellness Month 2014 for no cost. Here’s how:

  • Pledge Your Organization’s Support: Lend your company name and logo to support the month. They’ll appear on NationalEmployeeWellnessMonth.com before June 2014 and in the campaign’s related activities.
  • Support Employee Health: Promote at least one healthy activity at your workplace this June – and all year round.

Proud Supporters of National Employee Wellness Month will get a free toolkit featuring a variety of resources and ideas to promote their organization’s leadership and support of this important initiative with their workforce, community, and local media. Proud Supporters will also receive free health and wellness resources, survey data, webinar invitations, and more.

“National Employee Wellness Month has been a phenomenal initiative because it encourages organizations and individuals alike to focus on taking steps to improve employee health and well-being,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “Year after year, employers say National Employee Wellness Month is a great umbrella campaign for all their employee health offerings – it boosts employees’ awareness of the range of benefits available, and drives additional participation in them. Today, we’re calling on organizations across the country to pledge their support for this year’s initiative. It’s free to participate, and by creating healthy cultures, employers can improve employee health and well-being while lowering healthcare costs and driving engagement.”

Participating organizations and their employees are encouraged to share success stories via social media. Promote healthy activities in your workplace this June, encourage employees to share their inspirational health stories, and share photos and videos on Facebook and Twitter (tweet @VirginPulse, #NEWM2014).

To pledge your organization’s support for National Employee Wellness Month and for more information and resources about workplace wellness, please visit www.nationalemployeewellnessmonth.com.


Virgin Pulse, formerly Virgin HealthMiles and part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, increases engagement and loyalty by providing employee-centered programs and tools that go beyond physical wellness. Unlike narrowly focused, one-dimensional solutions, Virgin Pulse is a hub of consumer-focused strategies and innovative tools that combine to drive real change across every aspect of an employee’s life. The name Pulse was chosen due to its universality—everyone, individuals and organizations alike—have one, and it is the backbeat to their own unique rhythm and tempo which engages and impacts those around them. More than 200 industry leaders representing 1,000,000+ employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s award-winning programs for their workplace. To learn more, visit www.virginpulse.com.