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.

An Integrated Framework For The Prevention And Treatment Of Obesity And Its Related Chronic Diseases

STOP Director, Dr. Bill Dietz, recently published an article in Health Affairs. Along with a group of co-authors with expertise in research, clinical care, health policy, and public health, Dr. Dietz offered a new model for addressing the obesity epidemic, one that reaches beyond clinical intervention to include community systems as well. The paper proposes a modern framework, integrated in its approach to address both the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Accompanying the article is a figure which illustrates this proposed framework.

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,

We often talk about community-based efforts to prevent and reduce obesity, but we may not realize that these initiatives aimed at the broader public actually have origins within a clinical setting. The Affordable Care Act placed a heavier emphasis on public health and prevention efforts throughout the entire health care system, strengthening the role that hospitals play in community health promotion.

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"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.

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Alliance Initiatives

STOP Partners with ASMBS, OAC and TOS to Establish National Obesity Care Week 2015

STOP Obesity Alliance, in collaboration with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and The Obesity Society (TOS), has established National Obesity Care Week, taking place November 1-7, 2015, to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. Today, 35 percent of the adult population is affected [...]

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.”

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More than 35 Leading U.S. Health Organizations Launch Campaign to Improve Obesity Care

More than 35 leading U.S. healthcare organizations have joined together to form National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), an annual campaign to advance a comprehensive, compassionate and personalized approach to treating obesity as a disease.

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.

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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 [...]

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.