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The Alliance Receives $5,000 Grant to Develop a Forum on Addressing Barriers to Treating Obesity
The Alliance® Receives $5,000 Grant to Develop aForum on Addressing Barriers to Treating Obesity
MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 19, 2018) – The Alliance® received a matching grant of $5,000 from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions to hold an obesity forum. The National Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides expertise, resources and leadership for 50 purchaser-led coalitions across the U.S, representing 12,000 health care employers providing coverage to over 45 million Americans.
The grant will help fund a half-day forum that will engage multi-stakeholders – employers, doctors, pharmacists, patients and associations – to create pathways forward in addressing the barriers to preventing and treating obesity.
The Alliance is hosting the event titled Obesity in the Workplace: A Critical Conversation with Varying Viewpoints on Feb. 13, 2018 in Fitchburg, Wis. from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The event will bring together the facts, health benefit plan design ideas, wellness program approaches and employer examples that show ways to reduce obesity rates in the workplace. Attendees will learn from:
- A patient who underwent surgery to help her achieve a healthy weight and improve her overall health.
- A pharmacist who can offer information on the latest drugs in the market for weight management.
- A physical activity coordinator from the Wisconsin Department of Health who will offer resources and examples to implement at employer worksites.
- A restaurant owner and foodie who will show examples of healthy, low carb food items to promote.
- A representative from the American Medical Association (AMA) will present the national diabetes prevention program.
- A bariatric surgeon who can talk about the pros and cons of weight loss surgery.
The event is free and open to the public. To learn more and register, visit www.the-alliance.org/events
The Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative that moves health care forward by controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. Members include more than 240 self-funded employers and multiemployer plans in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
- January 19, 2018
- The Alliance
- Teri Van Tassel