SOURCE: Viridian Health Management

Viridian Health Management

March 20, 2013 12:30 ET

Viridian Health Management to Co-Present and Demonstrate the CDC's Worksite Health ScoreCard at the 23rd Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 20, 2013) -  Viridian Health Management, a provider of comprehensive health management programs that improve individual and population health, today announced that Brenda Schmidt, MS, MBA, President and CEO of Viridian, will co-present at the 23rd Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference sponsored by the American Journal of Health Promotion on March 22, 2013 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The event will bring together more than 600 health promotion professionals to identify strategies to promote and improve individual healthy lifestyles in the community and the workplace, reduce healthcare costs, and enhance productivity in work settings across the United States.

Schmidt will join three other leading national experts in the field of public health and health promotion -- Dyann Matson Koffman, DrPH, MPH, CHES, Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, and Enid Chung Roemer, PhD -- to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Worksite Health ScoreCard during a one-hour panel discussion titled 'The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard: How to Use the Tool and Lessons Learned from the National Healthy Worksite Program.' In this session, these subject matter experts will demonstrate how to use the Worksite Health ScoreCard and discuss the application of the evaluation tool for the CDC's National Healthy Worksite Program.

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard was developed in response to the unparalleled health epidemic that the United States is facing that is largely driven by preventable, chronic diseases. With chronic diseases representing 75 percent of the nation's $2.2 trillion medical costs, the competitiveness of American businesses is threatened due to lost productivity and unsustainable healthcare costs.

"The Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference is such a great opportunity to share and discuss the Worksite Health ScoreCard that Viridian developed in conjunction with the CDC," said Schmidt. "The Worksite Health ScoreCard is a best-practice tool and valuable resource to help employers to identify and assess evidence-based interventions to support comprehensive health promotions programs aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke and related chronic conditions among employees."

The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) contains 100 questions that assess how evidence-based health promotion strategies are implemented at a worksite. These strategies include health promoting counseling services, environmental supports, policies, health plan benefits, and other worksite programs shown to be effective in preventing heart disease, stroke and related health conditions. Employers can use this tool to assess how a comprehensive health promotion and disease prevention program is offered to their employees, while helping to establish benchmarks, identify program gaps and track improvements over time. In addition to helping employers to identify gaps in their health promotion programs, the CDC Worksite HSC assists employers to prioritize strategies for health promotion at their worksites across health topics such as: tobacco cessation, physical activity, nutrition, weight management, stress management, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

Added Schmidt, "Viridian, in collaboration with CDC subject matter experts, have also developed an aggregate employer report that integrates the CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard with an employee health assessment and worksite health and safety culture assessment that provides a very comprehensive picture of an individual employee's health, the overall health of employees at an organization, and the cultural health of the organization. By integrating all of these assessments, the employer report informs organizational leaders on specific healthcare and worksite health and safety areas that should be a focused priority. I look forward to sharing this important work at the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference."

In connection with the Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference, Robert Eric Dinenberg, MD, MPH, chief medical officer at Viridian Health Management, currently has an article for publication in final review with the American Journal of Health Promotion and has written a book chapter on the health impact of lifestyle and health promotion for Michael P. O'Donnell's next edition of his Health Promotion in the Workplace. Michael P. O'Donnell, PhD, MPH, MBA is program chair of the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference as well as editor-in-Chief, of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Expertise in Wellness, Prevention, Diabetes and Stress Management

An industry leader in worksite health, Viridian is the implementation contractor for the CDC's National Healthy Worksite Program to help workers across the country increase physical activity, improve nutrition, reduce tobacco use and adopt healthy behaviors. Viridian will leverage methodologies that have helped it achieve industry-exceeding participation rates of 75 percent in worksite health programs to create similar success stories implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program within worksites.

As part of its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, Empowering Small Employers to Impact Health and Productivity, Viridian is committed to developing a robust technology platform for evidence-based worksite health initiatives that will positively impact healthcare costs and employee productivity for approximately 500,000 employees nationwide. In addition, Viridian is a recognized CDC Diabetes Prevention Program partner, a National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) partner organization and a member of the Arizona Diabetes Coalition.

Further positioning Viridian Health Management as an industry thought leader, Schmidt and Dinenberg have also been invited to speak at a roundtable discussion on the lessons learned from the National Health Worksite Program, a symposium that will include the topic of stress management, at the 10th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health on May 16-19, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. This conference is convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

"The focus at the Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, 'Work, Stress and Health 2013: Protecting and Promoting Total Worker Health,' perfectly aligns with my recent blog and my passion for helping people to reduce stress and achieve peak performance," said Dinenberg. "And sharing that passion with the community directors and health coaches of the National Healthy Worksite Program, who in turn have taken those stress-management best practices and put them to use in the field to improve the health and quality of life for people across the country, is very fulfilling."

About Viridian Health Management

Viridian Health Management is a healthcare improvement company focused on improving individual and population health through its pioneering health coaching techniques, integrative approach to wellness, powerful technology platform and actionable analytics. Its comprehensive health management solutions combine evidence-based and emerging best practices for worksites, communities, the public sector and healthcare partners. Viridian focuses on engaging individuals to make healthy behavior changes that result in better health outcomes and financial savings. To learn more, visit online at www.viridianhealth.com, follow on Twitter @ViridianHealth, email info@viridianhealth.com or call 1 877-486-0140.

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