WASHINGTON, D.C. - On February 2nd, the STOP Obesity Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion on Obesity Management and Coverage. The session was moderated by Jeff Levi, Professor of Health Management & Policy, and co-facilitated by Bill Dietz, Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. The day-long roundtable convened representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, patient advocates, researchers, private payers, health care providers, foundations, and others with expertise in obesity prevention and treatment.
By Eric Seaborg
Obesity is such a sensitive issue that many physicians avoid discussing it. Here are some tips on the right (and wrong) ways to broach the subject.
Talking to patients about their weight is a critical task that many physicians find difficult — and even embarrassing. Too many physicians find it so uncomfortable that they avoid it altogether. Or they become so frustrated because “patients don’t listen” that their approach ends up being counter-productive.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 35 leading U.S. healthcare organizations have joined together to form National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), an annual campaign to advance a comprehensive, compassionate and personalized approach to treating obesity as a disease. Scheduled for November 1-7, 2015, the inaugural event calls upon healthcare professionals, patients and policymakers to “Change the Way We Care” for obesity for the benefit of those individuals living with obesity.
The Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients series of information is available at www.WhyWeightGuide.org.
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance released a series of educational videos and website for health care providers as part of STOP’s continued efforts to improve communication with patients affected by obesity. The information is based on STOP’s Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients, a unique tool designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.
Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients is available at www.WhyWeightGuide.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Obesity expert William H. Dietz, MD, Ph.D., has been named Director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, a national multi-stakeholder coalition based within Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University. This leadership transition comes as part of Dr. Dietz’s recent transition to Milken Institute SPH, where he heads the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.
Framingham, MA – 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - New research from the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance sheds light on the challenges and opportunities for nonprofit hospitals to address obesity through community benefit activities. With obesity affecting more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States, many communities are facing the challenge of how to address this epidemic. Nonprofit hospitals are uniquely positioned to help through their ongoing efforts to provide community benefit programs.
To view the latest, “Weight and the States” bulletin and learn more, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance today released a new bulletin for state leaders that offers information on ways to integrate obesity into a state’s essential health benefits package. The release of the latest “Weight and the States” Bulletin coincides with the formation of the Alliance’s new State-Level Member group, organized to provide a forum for state health leaders to share information and insights on addressing obesity, overweight and weight-related chronic disease at the state level.
WASHINGTON, DC – Obesity expert and George Washington University (GW) faculty member Scott Kahan, MD, MPH has been named Director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, a national multi-stakeholder coalition based at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy. Dr. Kahan previously served as the organization’s Clinical Advisor, providing counsel for the Alliance’s ongoing health research initiatives.