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.
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Washington, D.C. – The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance today launched its Task Force on Women to take a closer look at the disproportionate grip obesity and chronic disease has on women in the United States. Enlisting a high-level group of public and private-sector organizations to serve on the committee, the Alliance will work to elevate obesity and chronic disease issues among women on the national policy agenda.
April 9, 2010 – The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance partnered with the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators’ (NHCSL) in its summit on Hispanic obesity which took place today in Washington, D.C.
“Hispanic obesity and related chronic diseases are at crisis proportions,” said Christine Ferguson, JD, director of the Alliance. “We must work together at the state level to address the ballooning health care costs driven by obesity-related illnesses.”