Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients

This guide is a unique tool for health care providers that offers guidance and suggestions on how to initiate conversations with adult patients about weight and health. The tool is designed to help providers build a safe and trusting environment with patients to facilitate open, productive conversations about weight.

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 April E-Newsletter

Dear Reader,

One of the stated goals of the STOP Obesity Alliance is to identify, implement, and evaluate strategies to increase physical activity for patients with obesity. We renewed our commitment to promoting physical activity when we updated our organizational goals at the beginning of this year.

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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

NEW: STOP releases website and series of education videos to complement its healthcare provider guide “Why Weight? A Guide to Discussing Obesity & Health With Your Patients.”

"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:

New Virgin Pulse Survey Reveals 78 Percent of Employers Are Adopting a More Holistic Approach to Employee Well-Being

7th Annual Employee Wellbeing Month Kicks Off with New Data Exploring the Impact of Employee Well-being Programs on Workplace Culture

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:

Employee Wellbeing Month

Join Virgin Pulse and the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance in supporting the seventh annual Employee Wellbeing Month this June. Employee Wellbeing Month (#EWM15) is a month-long initiative designed to help business leaders learn new ways to engage employees in healthy habits and lifestyles.

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 [...]