Connecticut Organizations Focus on Weight Loss to Improve Health and Reduce Costs

Griffin Hospital employees have lost over 1,500 pounds thanks to Corporate Wellness Partnership with Medi-Weightloss Clinics®

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I encourage other organizations to look into adding a medical weight loss program into their employee wellness program. Reaching and staying at a healthy body weight is so important for the health of an individual, a company, Connecticut, and the nation.

Shelton, CT (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

Connecticut is a state with one of the lowest obesity rates, landing at No. 42 in the U.S. on the recent F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012 report. But with the obesity rate expected to nearly double by 2030 from 24.5% to 46.5%, there’s much work to do to improve Connecticut’s health future.(1)

Reducing body weight to achieve a healthy BMI is one of the most important things anyone can do for health and confidence. In addition, individuals with a healthy BMI save themselves and their employer money on healthcare costs.

  •     Obese people spend 42 percent more on healthcare costs than healthy-weight people. (2)
  •     Obese workers are less productive, have higher worker’s compensation costs, and are absent more often than healthy weight workers.

Corporations that promote weight loss are seeing benefits. Griffin Hospital has been a health and wellness leader in the community for many years. Partnering with Medi-Weightloss Clinics®, the nation’s leading physician-supervised weight loss program was a natural fit. Griffin Hospital encourages their employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and offers discounts on the Medi-Weightloss Clinics® Program through its Corporate Wellness Partnership. So far, Griffin Hospital employees have lost over 1,500 pounds!

"Our collaboration with Medi-Weightloss Clinics® as a corporate partner has been a tremendous benefit for our employees. Over 100 Griffin employees and family members have successfully used the medical weight loss program to further their personal wellness goals and, by doing so, have made positive changes that we believe provide a direct benefit back to the organization," says Patrick A. Charmel, President and CEO of Griffin Hospital.

The comprehensive, proven Medi-Weightloss Clinics® Program focuses on helping patients reach their goal weight, transition into a healthy lifestyle and maintain their weight loss for the long-term. "Our patients feel a great part of their success comes from the medical team at our clinics. They are there to support, encourage, and motivate our patients every step of the way," says Chelsey Millstone, MS, RD, LD/N, Corporate Dietitian. “We also provide resources to help patients learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off for life. Unfortunately, a lot of programs don’t educate their patients on how to keep the weight off and that is something we really focus on."

In addition to offering an individualized physician-supervised weight loss programs for adults, Medi-Weightloss Clinics® also offers specialized weight loss programs for adolescents through its PowerPlay™ Program and for diagnosed diabetics through its Acute DM Program. Often present in overweight and obese individuals, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for 174 billion in total U.S. healthcare costs.(3) Just a 5% reduction in BMI will save $2.8 million in diabetes costs.

"Medi-Weightloss Clinics® and Griffin Hospital are organizations that are helping to meet and exceed Connecticut’s reduced BMI goal rate of 40.5% by 2030," Charmel says. "I encourage other organizations to look into adding a medical weight loss program into their employee wellness program. Reaching and staying at a healthy body weight is so important for the health of an individual, a company, Connecticut, and the nation."

About Medi-Weightloss Clinics®
Designed by experts in medicine, public health, nutrition, exercise, and wellness, Medi-Weightloss Clinics® is a three-phase, physician-supervised weight loss program that works. Highly skilled physicians and medical professionals provide individualized care based on patients’ goals, health, and medical history. The program includes weekly consultations with a member of the medical team that focus on nutrition, lifestyle, and exercise. Medi-Weightloss Clinics® educates patients on how to lose weight in the real world using real food, and provides them with recipes, shopping lists, and guidance for dining out. Patients learn how to overcome temptations and win the weight loss battle through the Wellness Phase, specifically designed to help patients keep the weight off once they reach their goals.

Medi-Weightloss Clinics®, under the direction of Elliot Mathias, MD, is located in the Family Health Care Center, 330 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton, CT. To learn more about the programs available or to discuss how a Corporate Wellness Partnership may assist your company, call 203-659-8948 or visit http://www.mediweightlossclinics.com. Medi-Weightloss Clinics® has locations across the nation.

References:
(1) Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (2012). Bending the Obesity Cost Curve in Connecticut. Retrieved from http://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/obesity2012/TFAHSept2012_CT_ObesityBrief02.pdf.

(2) Finkelstein, Trodgen, Cohen, et al. (2009) Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific Estimates. Health Affairs, 28( 5), 822-831. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.5.w822

(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/factsheet11.htm.


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