Providing Usable Resources for Improving Metabolic Health

The WorkPlace Center™ for Metabolic Health, developed in 2004, is a division of IHPM, with Novo Nordisk as the lead sponsor. The Center’s mission is to improve health, productivity, and quality of life by applying evidence-based best practices for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of metabolic syndrome and its related medical conditions—obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemias, and renal disease. The Center has implemented worksite interventions to reduce metabolic risk factors and lost productivity, measured their effectiveness, and published the results in peer-reviewed journals. To better understand the science and total cost burden of obesity, as well as access resources to help manage it as a chronic disease, go to — a site built to help employers better understand the burden of obesity and how to support chronic weight management for their employees. The site includes obesity education, worksite strategic planning, and measurement tools & resources.

Institute for Health and Productivity Management


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Objective: The Washington State legislature funded and directed the state’s Health Care Authority (HCA) to implement a demonstration project to improve the health of state employees by working directly with state agencies. Washington Wellness, the division of HCA that operates the state employee health and productivity program, named the demonstration project the Healthy Worksite Initiative (HWI). This paper describes the methodologies and outcomes of a comprehensive program focused on changing the workplace culture of several Washington State agencies to promote employee lifestyle behaviors that improve health and work performance.

Authors: Richard Nevins, MD; Scott Pritchard, MS; Kathleen Clark, MS, RD, CDE; Sara Eve SarLicker, MPH

Published in IHPM’s peer-reviewed Journal of Health & Productivity - JHP - Volume 5, Number 1, August 2010

Objective: The Metabolic Health Initiative (MHI) was designed to measure the impact of a comprehensive screening, education, and compliance intervention on clinical indicators, health behaviors, and workplace performance among employees of the City of Phoenix, AZ, who had metabolic health risks (pre-diabetes, diabetes, pre-hypertension, hypertension, dyslipidemias, and excess body fat).

Authors: Rick Nevins, MD; Joseph Leutzinger, PhD

Journal of Health & Productivity - Volume 4, Number 1, July 2009

Health & Productivity Management - Volume 5, Number 2, April 2006

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is an increasingly serious metabolic health problem.

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Symptoms of CKD

Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States, Health & Productivity Management magazine, Volume 7, Number 2 (page 29)