Data on Kaiser 'Exercise as a Vital Sign' Still Preliminary

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Physicians hope that by talking to patients about their physical activity levels they can get information about barriers, and advocate for changes in the community


February 7, 2013 – Despite numerous correlations between exercise and long-term health, doctors don't necessarily ask patients how often they work out and what they do – unless the patient is being seen for a sports injury, heart problem or other issue directly related to exercise.

Healthcare Workers Face Challenges with Obesity

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Mary Lou Hennrich, who runs the Oregon Health Policy Institute, is convinced that by changing company policies, employers can help their workers lose weight

January 2, 2012 -- It’s the little things that you don’t notice that make a difference when it comes to weight gain and company policies can do a lot to help employees lose weight, says Mary Lou Hennrich, the founding head of CareOregon who now runs the Oregon Public Health Institute.

Junk Food Four Meals a Day – Yum!

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Now we’re being told by Taco Bell that everyone needs to start eating a fourth meal after dinner

OPINION – June 20, 2012 -- You may not know the Yum! Corporation, but you know its subsidiaries – Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC. These franchises also have a lifetime contract to serve Pepsi drinks at almost all their restaurants.

Kaiser Facing Off on Obesity Epidemic

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A documentary shown Monday evening, “The Weight of the Nation,” brought together health professionals to examine the way our food system has led to obesity

May 9, 2012 -- “More and more Americans are overweight then ever before,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weisz, executive medical director of Kaiser Permanente, who introduced part four of the HBO documentary series, “The Weight of the Nation,” at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Monday night.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest Presents the Portland Free Premier of HBO’s Documentary 'The Weight of the Nation'

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April 27, 2012 -- WHAT: The obesity epidemic affects 97 million Americans and contributes to six of the 10 leading causes of death in this country. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults age 20 and over are overweight or obese, while one-third of the nation’s children and adolescents age two to 19 are overweight or obese. This epidemic has
become one of the most urgent health issues affecting our nation.

To address this rising concern, Kaiser Permanente will host a free screening of HBO’s four part series, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, on May 7, 2012, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Environmental Health Conference Focuses on How Toxic Chemicals Influence Obesity

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Known as obesogens, these chemicals influence weight gain by disrupting hormones that drive appetite and physical activity

February 17, 2012 -- Next time you struggle to put down that extra slice of pizza or get off the couch you might not feel so guilty about your lack of motivation, but new research suggests you may want to consider the role the environment may have played in your eating habits.

Albany Man Competes for $100,000 on “The Biggest Loser”

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Patrick Ferrari appears on the NBC program next Tuesday evening, competing with 12 other contestants to see who’s lost the most weight

December 8, 2011 – Since he’s been a teenager, Patrick Ferrari has coveted food. To him, every day was like Thanksgiving – he’d eat until he was stuffed. By the time he graduated from college, Ferrari, who stands 6’3,” weighed 401 pounds.

“I’d love to get big plates of French fries and eat until I could barely move; I just couldn’t stop,” said Ferrari, 26, who lives in Albany and works at a group home for adults with mental health disabilities. “The last time I went to Red Lobster, I ate 120 shrimp.”

Financing Healthcare from Around the World

Think of a national Kaiser Permanente with a delightful foreign accent

May 21, 2009 -- Our healthcare system is morbidly obese. We outspend by at least two-to-one every other comparable country and still manage to underperform. The industry’s latest promise to trim an amount equal to less than 10% of current annual spending each year for the next ten years barely nudges that ratio. Our system serves as the world’s model for what not to do. 


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