Ted Kyle, Chair of the Advocacy Committee for The Obesity Society, reflects on the most important developments of 2012 for obesity. He credits the George Washington University Department of Health Policy with helping shift focus toward obesity and health and away from weight loss outcomes through dialogue with experts, advocates, and the FDA.
Myths, misconceptions and misinformation about obesity and weight remain pervasive. These can make an already difficult task – managing weight and health – even more challenging and can fuel weight stigma, which is as pervasive in our society as the myths themselves. Click here to read more.
View Dr. Richard H. Carmona’s, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and the Alliance’s Health and Wellness Chairperson, letter of support for the Essential Health Benefits Task Force recommendations here.
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance brings together a diverse and powerful group of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations to stop, think and change how we perceive and approach the problem of obesity, overweight, and weight-related health risks, including heart disease and diabetes.
The goal of the STOP Obesity Alliance is to go beyond awareness and consumer education efforts to identify and address systemic and cultural barriers that are failing to adequately support individual successes.
Conducting and assembling research that identifies any cultural and systemic biases in combating obesity and its related health conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
Developing and supporting research-based initiatives to improve care and prevention.
Making recommendations and promoting needed systems changes.
View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.
Now in its fifth year, National Employee Wellness Month (NEWM) will once again kick off in June, helping employers focus on engaging employees in healthier lifestyles. This year, more than 175 companies have pledged their support.
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 latest installment of the "Weight and the States" bulletin finds that as states move in 2013 and work towards putting health reform into place, there is still a lack of coverage for obesity intervention services. It also discusses how some states are working towards streamlining their obesity prevention efforts.
2013 Cardiometabolic Health Congress
October 2-5, 2013
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, MA
Health Sense: Plan to Charge State Workers Who Smoke Isn’t Unique
By David Wahlberg
March 18, 2013
Anti-smoking advocates oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed $50-per-month fee for state employees who smoke.
Such health insurance surcharges aren’t proven to get smokers to quit, the advocates say. The fee could also make it harder for workers to afford treatments [...]