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.
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.
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.
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View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.
The National Business Group on Health is the national voice of large employers dedicated to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to the nation’s most important health care issues.
Perspective: The Institute on the Cost and Health Effects of Obesity
Consistent with its mission to find solutions to health and systemic health care cost challenges, the National Business Group on Health launched the Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity in 2003, spearheading a national obesity initiative. This initiative brings together some of the world’s leading corporations, health plans and federal health agencies to serve as solutions and information resources for employers and creates proactive prevention strategies in order to champion healthy weight in the workplace.
The Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity is structured for a corporate audience and produces comprehensive tools for employers to estimate the cost of obesity, to open up avenues for employee communication on healthy weight and to design employer sponsored wellness programs that meet HIPPA requirements. Not only does the initiative focus on obesity, but it also focuses on the chronic conditions and diseases that obesity causes such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Since 2003 an Obesity Summit has been held annually in addition to other business group forums and conferences which give members the opportunity to share their experiences and proven solutions. The Institute also published issue briefs written by experts on pertinent weight-related topics. Tool kits have also been developed to help employers effectively and sensitively address obesity issues.
The Institute has also created web-based seminars on weight-related topics including Promoting Healthy Dining, Drug Therapy in the Management of Overweight and Employer Best Practices. There are also e-newsletters sent out quarterly, which are designed to share new materials and re-communicate existing tools.