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.”
Leading health policy journal, Health Affairs, recently recognized “Obesity and the Workplace: Current Programs and Attitudes Among Employers and Employees” as one of their top 20 “most-read” articles for 2009. The article, co-authored by Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, Jon Gabel and others, includes findings from the Alliance’s Decision Maker survey that suggest employers are both concerned about obesity-related health costs and th
The STOP Obesity Alliance signed on to support a resolution introduced by House Representatives Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Kay Granger (R-TX) and more than 30 other Representatives, to designate September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Alliance joined other organizations, including several Alliance Steering Committee and Associate Members, to help aggressively reduce obesity, raise awareness for health, wellness and prevention, and improve health care costs.
BOSTON, Mass. – Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of employee health and productivity programs that reward individuals for getting healthy, today declared Ohio-based Fyda Freightliner the winner of the National Employee Wellness Month’s inaugural corporate steps challenge. More than sixty companies from across the U.S.
Washington, D.C. — The two most recent Surgeons General of the United States, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, FACPM, FACP and Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, today led the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance in urging policymakers to take direct action in health reform to address obesity and the chronic diseases associated with it.
Washington, D.C. — The Obesity Society and other steering committee members of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, and two former US Surgeons General, join together today to develop effective recommendations to urge policymakers to act on the inclusion of obesity as the largest and most urgent driving factor in healthcare reform.
BOSTON, Mass. and Washington D.C.– America’s workers will take greater responsibility for their health and participate in corporate wellness programs if there is a financial incentive, according to a survey released today by Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of health and productivity programs. Eighty nine percent of the 2,700 U.S.