Leading EAP Launches Cell Phone Diet

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The Centers for Disease Control estimates 65 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Since 1999, the percentage of obese Americans more than doubled from 15 percent to 31 percent. More alarming is the effect obesity has had on soaring health care costs. From 1997 through 2003, the number of new cases of diagnosed diabetes has increased by 52 percent. And, this data only represents the tip of the obesity iceberg.

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As health care premiums have spiraled out of control and obesity-related illnesses are eating up much of the cost, more and more employers are realizing proactive prevention may be their best bet.

Due to the critical need to reduce globesity in America’s workforce, ACI Specialty Benefits Corp., one of the nation’s leading Employee Assistance Providers has launched the GetFit Cell Phone Diet as an added product to ACI’s highly acclaimed AppleCore Wellness program. The GetFit Cell Phone diet gives clients the skinny on their food consumption and can be administered any time of day and at any location with the use of their own personal cell phones. Clients are able to track, monitor, evaluate and count calories of their meal intake by taking a snap shot of their feast with their camera phone and sending the picture to ACI’s online Wellness team of fitness and nutrition specialists. Within 24 hours, the participants will receive an assessment of their edibles with information on the nutritional value, an approximate calorie count, their body mass index (BMI), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and an overall summary tailored to their diet of preference.

“The Cell Phone Diet demonstrates our ability to quickly respond to corporate needs,” announced Dr. Ann Clark, CEO and founder of ACI, “As health care premiums have spiraled out of control and obesity-related illnesses are eating up much of the cost, more and more employers are realizing proactive prevention may be their best bet.”

The GetFit cell phone diet is available to all of ACI’s national and international clients, as part of ACI’s AppleCore Wellness program, designed to meet all the wellness needs of any sized corporation and enhance the overall health and well-being of employees. Priced as low as $4.00 per employee per year, the AppleCore Wellness program offers a wide array of innovative tools and services including health risk appraisals, disease management, on-site prevention activities and GetFit—a state of the art website and internal database connecting employees and family members to specific resources.

About ACI:

ACI is an international Specialty Benefits Corporation specializing in Employee Assistance, Work/Life, Concierges and Wellness programs. In 2006, ACI ranked among the nation’s Top Ten list of EAP providers by Business Insurance and Workforce Management magazine. Established in 1983, ACI grew to international prominence serving clients across the nation and around the world. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.acieap.com or call us at 1-800-932-0034.

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