Partnership Takes Aim at Obesity and Related Conditions
Genesis Health System and ACAP Health Consulting have announced a unique partnership that will drive down obesity and metabolic syndrome (MetS) rates across the country.
The two organizations will partner to take ACAP Health’s clinically-proven obesity and MetS reversal program, Naturally Slim®, directly to healthcare systems throughout the U.S.
Naturally Slim® is an obesity and metabolic syndrome reversal program that is delivered online and through mobile app. The program is most often made available to employees as part of their employer-sponsored health insurance package.
A study published in the Journal of Metabolic Syndrome & Related Disorders (October 2015) revealed Naturally Slim® as an effective solution in reversing MetS. The study showed MetS reversal in 50.7% of participants who started the program with the condition.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that can lead to a 700% increase in serious conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Each year, employers pay approximately 60% more in health insurance claims for employees with MetS versus those without.
Through the partnership, Genesis Health System and ACAP Health will begin a campaign that will raise awareness of Naturally Slim® within other health systems across the country.
“So many healthcare providers are desperately searching for ways to protect their patients from the chronic physical conditions related to obesity. Our plan is to begin by making them aware of a proven solution that has worked for nearly ten years within our own Genesis employee population,” said Stacia Carroll, health promotion manager for Genesis Health System. “We’re encouraging health systems to start by offering Naturally Slim® to their own employees, who often neglect their own health while serving others.”
Genesis Health System first offered Naturally Slim® to employees in 2009. Since that time, 57% of the Genesis employees who were at risk for Metabolic Syndrome no longer have it and have reduced their risk by following healthy lifestyle techniques taught by Naturally Slim®. Genesis credits Naturally Slim® with saving the organization and its employees millions of dollars annually in healthcare costs due to the reversal and lowering of risk factors.
“Our Genesis Wellness Program has been a triple win for Genesis and our employees. It has 1) improved the health of employees and spouses; 2) saved employees millions in reduced healthcare premiums; and, 3) saved Genesis millions of dollars as an employer in healthcare cost,” said Doug Cropper, President and CEO of Genesis Health System.
“Our mission at ACAP Health is to work through employers to help their employees and families improve the quality and quantity of their years. For more than a decade, we’ve watched Naturally Slim® consistently upgrade the health of employees. I’m talking real results that have been measured using biometric data,” said Wally Gomaa, CEO of ACAP Health. “Both ACAP Health and Genesis Health System are passionate about bringing this program to the frontlines of healthcare.”
About ACAP Health
ACAP Health is a health innovation company that provides solutions that lower risk and cost for employers. While typical employee wellness programs waste time and money by measuring participation alone, ACAP Health offers guaranteed solutions with clinical results you can measure. ACAP believes that employers play a vital role in employee health and by upgrading employee health, employers can upgrade the health of their business. ACAP Health offers a range of solutions for employers and health insurers to offer to their covered members, including the industry-leading Naturally Slim® program.
About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners, offer a continuum of health care services for a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: Acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living communities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 200 health care providers; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Genesis Convenient Care clinics, Genesis Convenient CareNow in partnership with Hy-Vee; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport and Genesis Imaging Centers. Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Genesis is one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities region with more than 4,800 employees.