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

omote interventions that provide support for sustained weight loss and go beyond recognizing the role of personal responsibility.

  • Broaden, Intensify and Coordinate the Research Agenda for Obesity: Encourage an interdisciplinary research environment that addresses the obesity epidemic as a result of a complex interplay of biological, genetic, behavioral, cultural, environmental, social, policy and economic factors.

  • Encourage Physical Activity for Improved Health: Encourage interventions and create environments and systems that support active living as well as moderate-vigorous physical activity to improve health, independent of weight loss.

    "These recommendations offer hospitals a research-based range of opportunities to invest in community health as part of their community benefit activities," said Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. "Counseling and programs that create community healthy living options have been shown effective in controlling weight and improving patient health."

    There are many ways that nonprofit hospitals can use these recommendations to tailor community interventions around obesity. For example, health care organizations may address obesity by using individual-based strategies with counseling techniques as well as system strategies that address community health needs around healthy living. A nonprofit hospital can build programs around the evidence showing that helping patients to lose five to ten percent of their body weight, or helping communities engage in more physical activity, can lead to significant health improvement.

    In addition to this set of recommendations, the Alliance will conduct an expert roundtable to further explore issues around obesity program design and implementation as it pertains to the Community Health Needs Assessment reporting requirement and Impleme
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