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Category: Obesity

Decide & Act: Strategies to Prevent Obesity & Diabetes

According to the CDC, 70% of adult Tennesseans are overweight or obese. Workers that are overweight or have obesity have increased risks of serious diseases, including diabetes. Three times the number of people diagnosed with diabetes have pre-diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, most people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes in 5-6 years.  Therefore, it is essential that employers deploy programs that have a proven track-record of preventing or delaying conversion to type... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, February 21, 2022

Happy New Year! 2022 Priorities

We had hoped that 2020 was an unusual year, but as 2021 showed us, COVID-19 is still very much with us and we are still navigating toward our new normal. MBGH will continue to provide opportunities for you to learn how other employers are adapting; engage with national and regional experts on implementation of key strategies essential to achieving business goals; and access to thought leadership on preparing for the future.  COVID-19 continues to exacerbate and make more visible and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A Proven Solution to Prevent/Delay Diabetes

The Problem Tennessee employers face an increasingly unhealthy labor pool!  According to the CDC, 70% of adult Tennesseans are overweight or obese.  Overweight or obese workers have increased risks of serious diseases, including diabetes. The cost of care for people with diabetes is 2.3 times more than for people  without diabetes. 3 times the number of people diagnosed with diabetes have pre-diabetes The Answer To... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, November 29, 2021

Do You Have a Comprehensive Obesity Benefit Design?

According to the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and The Obesity Society, obesity management requires a "stepwise approach" (see chart above). Benefit design and coverage should align with clinical management to ensure that employees have access to the appropriate clinical services to maximize their opportunity to manage their obesity and be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. In our historical work with MBGH employers as well as our... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 21, 2020

Employees With Diabetes & Obesity Are At Higher Risk for Severe Illness

It is clear that your employees with diabetes and obesity are at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19. Almost 50% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have obesity and almost 30% have diabetes. In addition, those with obesity and diabetes are at higher risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease which are also top underlying conditions associated with hospitalization.     You can support your employees and improve the effectiveness of your health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 16, 2020

MBGH Takes A Deep Dive Into Obesity & Diabetes

In response to MBGH member request, MBGH will be taking a deep dive into obesity and diabetes in 2020. Our year-long work will provide you with actionable steps you can take to better manage the cost and quality of your benefits and wellbeing programs for those with obesity and/or diabetes. You will: Better understand the benefit and wellbeing implications of obesity being a recognized disease Compare your current benefit and wellbeing offerings to evidence-based and promising... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Regulations Announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines.  This is a significant act and will go a long way in helping your employees and their families make wiser choices when they eat out or use your company vending machine. We know that transparency changes behavior!   Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Obesity Now Classified as a Disease

From the National Business Coalition on Health: A new story in Benefits Pro describes the challenges employers face when employees are overweight or obese. Studies estimate compensating for obesity costs employers upward of $70 billion a year.  Possibly further upping those costs and complicating the issue is a decision this summer by the American Medical Association to classify obesity as a disease, elevating it from a condition.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, November 17, 2013

Engaged Employees Exercise More, Eat Healthier

The Gallup Daily tracking interviews in 2012 showed that engaged employees eat healthier and exercise more than non-engaged employees or disengaged employees.  This is not the first connection Gallup research shows between employee engagement and health. Previous Gallup research shows that engaged employees: Are healthier overall with fewer chronic diseases and lower obesity rates Are 21% more likely to participate in worksite wellness programs Gallup points out that it is not... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Check Out MBGH's Worksite Wellness Web Page!

Did you know that working adults comprise 65% of the population ages 16+ in the US? Did you realize that workers spend at least 50% of their waking hours at the worksite? Is it any surprise then, that where we work can help promote and support our health? The key word is can. Where we work won't have this positive impact if employers don't take deliberate steps to create a culture of health at the worksite by adopting policies and providing environmental and social supports to promote... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Adult Obesity Rates Could Exceed 60% in TN by 2030

As you read this article on the impact of diabetes in the US and Tennessee and the potential we have to decrease the financial as well as disease-related impact by just decreasing our average BMI by 5%, consider participating in MBGH's efforts to bring the Center for Disease Control's National Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis and Tennessee! See the presentations from our Annual Conference on this evidence-based, highly successful program and contact Cristie Travis at ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 20, 2012

Morbid Obesity Protected Under ADA

From Employee Benefits News Legal Alert: On July 24, the EEOC announced that it settled a disability discrimination lawsuit filed last year against BAE Systems for discrimination against an employee based on his actual or perceived disability (morbid obesity), by terminating his employment, denying him reasonable accommodation, and for otherwise denying him equal employment opportunities within BAE.................... Read the details to understand the EEOC's decision . The lesson:... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, August 10, 2012

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