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Diet and Intensive Lifestyle Change Program to be Offered System Wide
With obesity rates for American adults now at an all-time high of nearly 40%, Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the nation’s top healthcare systems, is including HMR as part of a new suite of weight-loss solutions. HMR will offer its diet and intensive lifestyle change programs to all patients across the system, as well as to the 119,000 caregivers of Providence St. Joseph Health.
According to HMR President Len Tacconi, “For the past 35 years, HMR has specialized in helping the high BMI population.” He adds, “As a program rooted in behavioral science, we have a unique understanding of what works, and what doesn’t work for weight management.” He adds, “We look forward to helping Providence St. Joseph Health make a real difference in the obesity rates in their communities.”
Why a Lifestyle Weight Management Program
“Our ministry focus and vision of Health for a Better World motivates us to address the significant challenges of our overweight patients,” says Lynda Baxter MPH, MBA, Group Vice President, Digestive Health and Cancer Institutes at Providence St. Joseph Health. “We want to offer people effective choices to help them lose weight and change their behavior to live longer, healthier lives with less of the diseases associated with obesity.” She adds,”By offering programs like HMR in combination with other services to our patients and employees, we hope to help prevent more of the chronic obesity-related conditions and reduce the need for treatment.”
HMR’s mission is to help people learn how to make real changes so they can live healthier lives in our out-of-control food culture. HMR programs, available in person or at home, offer lifestyle education, a structured diet, and an emphasis on long-term weight and health management. Since 1983, HMR programs have been available in hospitals, clinics, and medical centers across the country. HMR Weight Management Services Corp. (HMR) is a part of Healthcare Services and Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA.
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