Weight Watchers International, Inc. : Weight Watchers And WellCare Join Forces … – 4

Weight Watchers International, Inc. : Weight Watchers And WellCare Join Forces … – 4

12/06/2012 11:06am US/Eastern

Companies Offer Fully Subsidized Weight Watchers Memberships to Eligible WellCare of Georgia Medicaid Members

ATLANTA, Ga. (Dec. 6, 2012) - WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WCG) and Weight Watchers North America, Inc., a unconditionally owned auxiliary of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WTW), are ancillary a idea of healthy lifestyles and softened health outcomes by charity entirely subsidized Weight Watchers memberships to authorised Medicaid members of WellCare in Georgia.

Obesity and a associated ongoing health conditions have turn a inhabitant widespread in a United States, with a latest studies estimating a thespian boost in a series of portly adults over a subsequent 20 years.1 A investigate expelled final month by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Trust for America`s Health shows that if plumpness rates continue on their stream trajectories, by 2030, a plumpness rate in Georgia could strech 53.6 percent.2 According to a latest information from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011, 28 percent of adults in a state were obese., The research also shows that states could forestall obesity-related diseases and dramatically revoke health caring costs if they reduced a normal physique mass index of their residents by usually 5 percent by 2030.3

“WellCare wants to be partial of a resolution to Georgia`s plumpness crisis,” pronounced David McNichols, WellCare of Georgia president. “We are vehement to be teaming adult with Weight Watchers to yield a members with a proven complement of preparation and support that leads to long-term healthy behaviors and softened health outcomes. Through Weight Watchers, we`re stealing a barriers that many of a members face when attempting to make a critical lifestyle changes compulsory for successful weight detriment and long-term weight management.”

“The American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicates that plumpness has turn an equal, if not greater, writer to a weight of illness than smoking,4″ says Colin Watts, Senior Vice President, Health Solutions and Global Innovation during Weight Watchers. “And with shocking predictions for 2030, it`s some-more critical than ever to yield unsentimental solutions that are not usually proven effective, though that are also permitted and scalable. Providing this village with entrance to Weight Watchers, a clinically proven weight detriment proceed is going to assistance them build a healthy lifestyle to remove weight successfully and learn to keep it off.”

The Weight Watchers products and services are provided, entirely subsidized to WellCare`s authorised members in Georgia. Participation requires an comment by phone with a WellCare deputy to establish a member`s weight detriment goals and seductiveness in a program, or a mention from a member`s primary caring physician.

Once approved, a member is authorised to attend entirely in Weight Watchers in Georgia by a Monthly Pass charity that includes total monthly meetings, giveaway registration and entrance to Weight Watchers eTools, a internet weight detriment companion. At a finish of 6 months, members who are creation swell and continue to be meddlesome in participating, might continue their entirely subsidized memberships. Members can call a patron use series on their WellCare member ID label for serve information on enrollment options and requirements.

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed caring services targeted to government-sponsored health caring programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a accumulation of health skeleton for families, children, and a aged, blind, and disabled, as good as medication drug plans. The association serves approximately 2.6 million members national as of Sept. 30, 2012. For some-more information about WellCare, greatfully revisit a company`s website during www.wellcare.com.

About Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is a world`s heading provider of weight government services, handling globally by a network of Company-owned and authorization operations. Weight Watchers binds over 45,000 meetings any week where members accept organisation support and learn about healthy eating patterns, function alteration and earthy activity. WeightWatchers.com provides innovative, subscription weight government products over a Internet and is a heading Internet-based weight government provider in a world. In addition, Weight Watchers offers a far-reaching operation of products, publications and programs for those meddlesome in weight detriment and weight control.

References:
1 Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of Obesity in a United States, 2009-2010. National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 82. Jan 2012. Available at:http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db82.pdf

2 Levi J, Segal L, St. Laurent R, Lang A, Rayburn J. F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America`s Future. 2012. 9th edition. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America`s Health. Available at: http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/reports/2012/rwjf401318

3 Adult Obesity Facts. 12 Aug 2012. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at:http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

4 Jia H, Lubetkin E, Trends in Quality-Adjusted Life-Years Lost Contributed by Smoking and Obesity. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2010;38(2):138-144.

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CONTACTS:
Julie Pulliam, WellCare
770-913-2200
julie.pulliam@wellcare.com

Stephanie Schulman, Weight Watchers
212-817-4262
stephanie.schulman@weightwatchers.com WellCare / Weight Watchers News Release

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