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Date:3/11/2008

ommunities," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., senior vice president, Community Benefit.

Given that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, these study findings are especially relevant.

"When your weight goes up, so does your blood pressure, risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease, and wear and tear on your joints, back, hips and knees. Weight gain isn't an aesthetics issue -- it's a health issue," said co-author Stevens, a member of Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute's Weight Management Initiative (http://www.kpcmi.org/weight-management/index.html).

The study was also conducted at Duke, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Johns Hopkins University. In addition to Svetkey and the Kaiser Permanente research team of Stevens, Jack Hollis William M. Vollmer, Ph.D.; Cristina M. Gullion, Ph.D.; and Kristine Funk, M.S., other study co-authors included Phillip J. Brantley, Ph.D. at Pennington; Lawrence J. Appel, M.D. at Johns Hopkins, and Catherine M. Loria, Ph.D. at The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute / National Institutes of Health, which funded the study.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit; group practice prepayment program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 159,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 13, 000 physicians representing all specialties. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the KP News Center at:

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