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.
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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.
Washington, D.C. — While obesity afflicts individuals of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds, medically underserved populations—particularly minorities—suffer from some of the highest rates of overweight and obesity in the country. Community health centers (CHCs) serve as the primary medical providers for underserved and disadvantaged populations and could play a larger role in helping their communities address their weight and related chronic health conditions through medical services, counseling and education on opportunities to engage in healthier lifestyles. To do
With President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law and the first provisions just now coming into effect, we are experiencing a landmark time for health care in America, and obesity is getting more attention than ever. Just days ago, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chose obesity as a top priority – “a winnable battle” – for the CDC.
Washington, D.C. – The information gap and general lack of understanding of obesity’s unique and disproportionate impact on women contributes to the challenges of the 65 million American women who are considered overweight or obese, said the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women at a meeting on Capitol Hill today.
Washington, D.C. – Sixty-two percent of American businesses and nearly 85 percent of employees say the workplace must play a leadership role in creating a healthier workforce and helping to curb rising healthcare costs, according to a new survey released today by Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of employee wellness programs that pay people to get active.