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.

STOP Obesity Alliance Newsroom

Sponsors invite organizations worldwide to join the celebration this June as Proud Supporters

In June 2015, leading companies will come together to participate in the seventh annual Employee Wellbeing Month (Twitter hashtag #EWM15), a month-long initiative designed to help business leaders learn new ways to engage employees in healthy habits and lifestyles. Organizations interested in participating can pledge their support for Employee Wellbeing Month, which promotes and showcases how companies can help to improve employees’ wellbeing and engagement. In 2014, more than 200 companies and 70,000 employees participated in the initiative.

Workplace culture plays a critical role in helping to create healthy employees, driving employee productivity and engagement, and ultimately leading to a stronger business. Launched as National Employee Wellness Month in 2009 by Virgin Pulse, in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, Employee Wellbeing Month is sponsored by these organizations along with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and WorldatWork.

“It’s great to see so many organizations and their workforces come together to focus on employee wellbeing in a fun, healthy environment,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “Employee wellbeing is at the foundation of a productive, engaged workforce and successful business. Employee Wellbeing Month is a great way for organizations to shine a spotlight on this connection. Anything helping employees make small changes to support healthier habits makes a difference, because it’s the small habits that lead to lasting, positive results. I can’t wait to join this year’s Proud Supporters, both new and continuing, in once again celebrating Employee Wellbeing Month!”

This year, organizations are invited to once again pledge support by becoming Proud Supporters of Employee Wellbeing Month 2015. Proud Supporters will be able to:

  • Lend Support: Lend their company name and logo to support the month. Both will be featured on the Employee Wellbeing Month site and in related campaign activities throughout the month.
  • Promote Employee Wellbeing: Plan at least one healthy activity at their workplace this June.
  • Be Recognized: Employee Wellbeing Month is covered by national and trade media outlets every year.
  • Join the Challenge (optional): Companies that choose to join will go toe-to-toe against other organizations worldwide to see who racks up the most activity.

New in 2015, Virgin Pulse’s Employee Wellbeing Month challenge will be open for even more companies to join. Physical activity is a major factor in employee wellbeing, and this year’s challenge provides an opportunity for companies to motivate employees to be more active during the month. Employees will be able to use their personal devices and mobile apps compatible with the Virgin Pulse platform to measure and track their activity, and the top-ranking teams will receive a donation to the charity of their choice.

All Proud Supporters of Employee Wellbeing 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.

Participating organizations and their employees are encouraged to share their Employee Wellbeing Month celebrations, photos, videos and more on social media using #EWM15.

To pledge your organization’s support for Employee Wellbeing Month and for more information and resources about workplace wellbeing, please visit www.employeewellbeingmonth.com.


Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, replenishes employees with tools that help them build better habits. With its award-winning, online platform, the company cultivates daily habits and sustainable behavior change that help people thrive at work and across all aspects of life. Unlike narrowly-focused employee health and engagement solutions, Virgin Pulse creates more meaningful habits and drives greater utilization across HR investments, delivering a better quality of life for employees and better health, increased productivity, and improved culture for employers. More than 250 industry leaders representing more than 2 million employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s programs to replenish their people and ignite their business. Learn more at www.virginpulse.com