U.S. Preventive Medicine Vice Chairman Ron Loeppke, MD Appointed Chair of the Diabetes at Work Task Force of the National Diabetes Education Program

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Dr. Loeppke will lead group of preventive health and wellness experts, diabetes educators, population health physicians and occupational healthcare providers working collaboratively to enhance diabetes education and prevention resources for employers.

Dr. Ron Loeppke

We know that health impacts work and work impacts health. Therefore, the goal of this task force is to provide tools and resources to attack diabetes head on, in the workplace, where individuals spend a significant portion of their life.

U.S. Preventive Medicine Vice Chairman Ron Loeppke, MD, has been appointed chair of the Diabetes at Work Task Force (DAWTF) of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). The NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations.

The NDEP Business Health Strategy Workgroup developed the DiabetesAtWork.org web site in April 2002, as a free, on-line resource to address the management of diabetes in the workplace. The DAWTF is a collaborative group comprised of preventive health and wellness experts, diabetes educators, population health physicians and occupational healthcare providers. Under Dr. Loeppke’s leadership, the group will work to enhance the content, usability and resources on the site to better serve the growing needs of employers. Additionally, the group will develop promotional strategies to encourage more organizations to utilize the robust diabetes education and worksite resources the site will contain, to help reduce the prevalence of diabetes among their workforce.

“It is a privilege to chair the Diabetes at Work Task Force and to have the opportunity to work with this talented and committed group of professionals for such a worthy goal,” said Dr. Loeppke. “79 million people in the U.S. have Pre-Diabetes, with elevated blood glucose levels placing them at high risk for developing diabetes--yet only a fraction of these individuals are aware of that risk. Diabetes is a threat to the health, productivity and vitality of our workforce, our employer community and our economy. We know that health impacts work and work impacts health. Therefore, the goal of this task force is to provide tools and resources to attack diabetes head on, in the workplace, where individuals spend a significant portion of their life,” he added.

Dr. Loeppke, also serves as co-chair of U.S. Preventive Medicine’s esteemed International Advisory Board of thought leaders in the field of preventive medicine and occupational health. Dr. Loeppke has over 30 years of clinical and physician executive experience in the Occupational Health, Preventive Medicine and Medical Management arenas. He has provided over 200 presentations internationally as well as authored numerous articles and book chapters relating to research studies and initiatives in preventive medicine, employer health and productivity, workplace wellness, occupational health, quality care improvement, adoption of evidence based medicine, consumer driven healthcare and innovative models of healthcare delivery.

He is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine; Fellowship trained in Occupational Medicine and is a Fellow of both the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the American College of Preventive Medicine, (ACPM). Dr. Loeppke is President-elect of ACOEM as well as a member of the Board of Directors of ACOEM. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the ACOEM Section on Health and Productivity, which is actively involved in defining and establishing measurement criteria for research in health and productivity and best practice case studies in workplace wellness. He is also on the Board of the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

About U.S. Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine is leading a global preventive health movement focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before they progress. Innovative products - The Prevention Plan™ web-based health management platform, and Macaw mobile health & fitness app - are based on the clinical science of preventive medicine: primary (wellness and health promotion to keep healthy people healthy), secondary (screening for earlier detection/diagnosis) and tertiary (early evidence-based treatment to reduce complications and disability). The company is accredited in wellness and health promotion by NCQA (the National Committee for Quality Assurance) and disease management by URAC. More information can be found on Facebook (Facebook.com/pages/US-Preventive-Medicine), Twitter (@USPM) and YouTube (YouTube.com/thepreventionchannel).

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