NEW: Community Health Benefits for Nonprofit Hospitals
The STOP Obesity Alliance released five research-based, consensus recommendations to help guide nonprofit hospitals in developing programs that address obesity in their communities. The recommendations offer hospitals a research-based range of opportunities to invest in community health as part of their community benefit activities. The Alliance is available as a resource for nonprofit hospitals that choose to address obesity as a part of their federal community health benefit requirements.
STOP Obesity Alliance Revised Recommendations
The Alliance's policy recommendations focus on five key areas where both the private and public sectors can impact the nation's ongoing struggle.
Recommendation One: Redefining Success
Explore the use of a five to ten percent sustained reduction of current weight as the appropriate measure of success for the purpose of determining whether treatment interventions and innovations are effective.
Recommendation Two: Encourage Innovation and Multifactorial Interventions to Strengthen the System of Care for Overweight and Obesity
Aggressively explore multifactorial interventions that can achieve a five to ten percent sustained weight loss for those whose condition has not been successfully addressed solely by nutrition and physical activity and for whom bariatric surgery is not an option. Motivate payers, insurers and employers to encourage innovation around these treatments and disease management.
Recommendation Three: Address and Reduce Stigma as a Barrier to Improving Health Outcomes
Cultivate a positive environment by promoting awareness and open discussion among health professionals, opinion leaders, role models (e.g., parents, teachers, coaches) and the public of the harmful impact of stigmatizing people with overweight and obesity and promote interventions that provide support for sustained weight loss and go beyond recognizing the role of personal responsibility.
Recommendation Four: Broaden, Intensify and Coordinate the Research Agenda for Obesity
Encourage an interdisciplinary research environment that addresses the obesity epidemic as a result of a complex interplay of biological, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, social, policy and economic factors.
Recommendation Five: Encouraging Physical Activity for Improved Health
Encouraging interventions and creating environments that support physical activity will improve health, independent of weight or weight loss, resulting in a healthier population.
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