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Employers Rank Obesity #1 Concern, But Frustrated With Lack of Success in Addressing Problem

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The Benfield Group has published new research on employer disease priorities, citing obesity as employers' top concern. 

This is the first time since Benfield's annual research began in 2006 that diabetes or cardiovascular disease has NOT occupied the top spot. Nearly eight out ten employers indicated obesity was "highly important," but they report limited success with obesity management within their employee populations. 

Just 13% believe that the programs and support they provide to employees to prevent obesity are highly successful; and fewer than 10% report successfully helping obese employees improve their health. 

MBGH is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Business Coalition on Health to implement the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. The major focus of the evidence-based program is on lifestyle change resulting in a 5-7% body weight loss over a 12-month period. 58% of the pre-diabetics successfully completing this program did not convert to Type 2 diabetes in 5 years and 38% did not convert in 10 years. MBGH is currently working with three regional employers to implement this worksite based program. If you are looking for a proven approach to help your employees lose weight and improve their health, contact Cristie Travis at [email protected] for more information on this program.

The Benfield Group has produced a monograph on behalf of Eisai Inc. It provides information employers can consider when evaluating and modifying their workforce obesity prevention and management strategies. The monograph features recommendations from an employer Eisai-sponsored advisory board that employers can incorporate into their planning process. Click here to request a copy of the monograph.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:00 AM

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