Weighing In is a STOP Obesity Alliance Blog

The State of Obamacare Today

Morgan Downey, STOP Alliance Policy Advisor, weighs in on where Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is today as it moves closer to the key date, October 1, 2013. What do you need to know? Individual mandate? State exchanges? Essential health benefits?

STOP Obesity Alliance September E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

September marks Childhood Obesity Awareness month, an important time to reflect on the progress we are seeing in addressing childhood obesity and to discuss what’s needed to sustain that progress. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the prevalence of obesity in children ages 2-5 years decreased from approximately 14 percent to slightly more than 8 percent from 2003 to 2012.

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Dr. Carmona Supports EHB Task Force Recommendations

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.

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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.

The STOP Obesity Alliance is focused on:

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.

Alliance Initiatives

"Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health"

View this new on-line guide created that offers practical advice for parents struggling with how to discuss weight and health with their children.

Press Release:

Renowned Obesity Expert, William H. Dietz, MD, Ph.D., to Assume Role of STOP Obesity Alliance Director

Obesity expert William H. Dietz, MD, Ph.D., has been named Director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, a national multi-stakeholder coalition based within Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University.

New Research & Recommendations:

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...

Latest "Weight and the States" Bulletin is Now Available

In this issue, the STOP Obesity Alliance's research team at The George Washington University takes a detailed look at state-by-state Medicaid coverage of obesity treatments, particularly coverage of bariatric surgery and obesity medications. The researchers suggest that providers would benefit from clarity around which patients are appropriate for consideration of obesity medication and bariatric surgery and under what circumstances such treatments will be reimbursed.

Upcoming Events:

ObesityWeek 2014

The 2nd Annual ObesityWeek is taking place in Boston, MA from November 2-7, 2014! ObesityWeek allows scientists, clinicians, surgeons, physicians, integrated health professionals and policymakers from around the world to focus on the science, treatment and prevention of obesity.

Latest from Alliance Newsroom:

Happy National Employee Wellness Month!

Happy National Employee Wellness Month!
By Dan Cook
June 3, 2014
National Employee Wellness Month — which is this month — owes its existence to a corporation with a stake in corporate wellness. But with companies, universities, government agencies and others jumping on the bandwagon, it might be an idea whose time has come.
Virgin Pulse launched [...]