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STOP Obesity Alliance encourages nonprofit hospitals to address obesity via CHB requirements
Date:4/30/2013

Washington, DC, April 30, 2013 The nation's more than 2,900 nonprofit hospitals are facing new requirements to qualify for federal tax-exempt status under the Affordable Care Act, including producing a Community Health Needs Assessment that identifies local health needs. With obesity affecting more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States, the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance released five research-based, consensus recommendations today to help guide nonprofit hospitals in developing programs that address obesity in their communities.

"The new federal community health benefit requirement presents a critical opportunity to address obesity at the local level, given the role nonprofit hospitals play in improving a community's health," said Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Director of the Alliance. "With the federal value of the hospital tax benefit estimated to be in the billions of dollars, there is a lot at stake. The challenge will be to empower hospitals to build efficient and evidence-based programs for addressing obesity while avoiding common pitfalls, such as weight stigma and unrealistic expectations. "

The Alliance strongly encourages nonprofit hospitals to base programs designed to overcome and prevent obesity on the following core principles:

  • Redefining Success: Promote the use of a sustained loss of five to ten percent of current weight as a key measure of health improvement to judge the effectiveness of weight reduction interventions.

  • Encourage Innovation and Best Practices in Obesity Treatment: Identify and disseminate successful or promising practices for interventions.

  • Address and Reduce Stigma as a Barrier to Improving Health Outcomes: Cultivate a positive environment by promoting awareness and open discussion among health professionals, opinion leaders, role models and the public of the harmful impact of stigmatizing people affected by obesity. Pr
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