Obesity in the Workplace: A Critical Conversation with Varying Viewpoints
February 13 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Obesity rates and the related health care costs continue to rise. In the United States two-thirds of adults and one-third of children struggle with being overweight or obese. In Wisconsin alone, obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases that push up the cost of employer sponsored benefits. Obesity is called a gateway condition because it can lead to heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Employers have a vital role in reducing these rates through workplace culture and benefits. But how do employers approach employees who may be at risk without being invasive? What else can employers do to move beyond existing wellness programs and benefit plan design?
The Alliance will bring together facts, health benefit plan design ideas, wellness program approaches and employer examples that show how to reduce the obesity rate in the workplace as multi-stakeholders participate in a facilitated discussion with presentations.
Attendees will learn from:
- An employer’s role in a community-based effort to reduce obesity rates. The initiative received a Culture of Health award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- A patient who underwent surgery to help her achieve a healthy weight and improve her overall health.
- A manager of quality measurement who will provide the data behind shared decision making in weight management for surgeries through The Alliance’s QualityPath
- A pharmacist who can offer information on the latest drugs in the market for weight management.
- A representative from the American Medical Association (AMA) will present the national diabetes prevention program.
- A dietitian and food truck/restaurant owner who can provide insights into healthy food alternatives.