American Medical Association Reclassifies Obesity as a Disease

Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) reclassified obesity as a disease and this new designation will affect patients, healthcare professionals, insurers and the healthcare infrastructure. In some ways, calling obesity a disease is a move to shift attention and resources to a complex problem. Obesity is a significant public health concern as it is often […]

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease

In his book, Fat Chance, Robert Lustig, MD, ConnectWell’s obesity, diabetes and food expert is spreading his message about how to beat the odds against sugar, processed food, obesity and disease. In the book, Robert details the science behind the obesity and metabolic syndrome pandemic and the politics that have promoted the current state of […]

Healthy Gift Giving for the Holidays

Healthy Gift Giving for the Holidays It’s time to start planning for both holiday gift giving and New Year’s Resolutions. Every year there are helpful sources that identify gifts that are good for the recipient, good for the environment, and make the gift giver happy with their choices. We have a list, too, and these […]

2013 is a Planning Year for the Affordable Care Act

Now that President Obama has been re-elected, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) should move forward with full steam. There are still questions about how the law will be implemented because state officials will control how various components of the law will be carried out in their own state. However, one thing that […]

A Walking Meeting with Mayor Bob Simmons of Walnut Creek

Mayor Simmons started walking well before he became Mayor of Walnut Creek. Like many leaders passionate about the outdoors, health, and life balance, he integrated his love of hiking into his new role as city mayor. It all started when someone warned Mayor Simmons that being mayor is unfriendly to the waistline. Many mayors gain […]

Watch the Weight of the Nation Tonight and Tomorrow Night at 8pm on HBO

“To win, we have to lose.” This is the slogan of the HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation, airing tonight May 14th and tomorrow night May 15th on HBO at 8 pm. Three years ago, HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences partnered in association with the […]

Return-to-Work Programs for Injured Employees

In ConnectWell’s last blog, we identified strategies for helping people cope with injuries, the challenges that come with limited mobility, and the path for rehabilitation. In this post, we discuss the impact on employers and how employers can help employees work during their rehabilitation and get back to work at their previous capacity. The impact […]