November 05, 2020 - November 05, 2020
12:30 PM CST - 2:00 PM CST
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Obesity as a Chronic Disease, Implications for Employers  

How have employers responded since The American Medical Association designated obesity a disease in 2013?   Do employers still design health benefits that link obesity to insufficient willpower, lack of discipline, and bad choices , or do design benefits that link obesity as a “chronic, relapsing, multi-factorial, neurobehavioral disease, wherein an increase in body fat promotes adipose tissue dysfunction and abnormal fat mass physical forces, resulting in adverse metabolic, biomechanical, and psychosocial health consequences.”    Regardless of your perspective, obesity is certainly a costly and debilitating co-morbid condition.  The combination of obesity and COVID has unfortunately highlighted this point. This session will update attendees on obesity science and how this may impact their strategic management and use of weight loss programs, anti-obesity management and bariatric surgery.    An employer case study demonstrating the value of continuum of care approach will be presented. 


Dr. Kimberly Hutton, Chief Medical Officer, CareATC Abby Ammerman, Manager, Health & Wellness, HEB


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National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) for lifestyle change

HBCH has partnered with the University of Texas Medical Branch to bring the NDPP to employers to support the weight reduction in the obesity management continuum.    The connection between obesity and the development of Type 2 Diabetes is one of the most recognized links between two diseases.   While the 1-year CDC NDPP results in weight loss of 5-7%, it is first and foremost an evidence-based lifestyle change program that reduces the risk of converting from pre-diabetic to T2D by 58%, and its results are sustained for years.  This session will introduce our partners at UTMB who will share the “secret sauce” for success.   It is delivered live but virtually to participants in matched cohorts at times that work for all, including nights and weekends.   It is available in English and Spanish and is recognized and paid through the health plan claims process.   Employers do not pay unless results are achieved!


Chris Skisak, Executive Director, HBCH Dr. Hani Serag, Center for Global and Community Health, UTMB Dr. Hanaa Sallam, Asst. Prof., Depart. of Endocrinology, UTMB


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$0.00 HBCH Employer or Associate Member

$25.00 Non-Member Employer or Associate