The Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) collaborates with Health Plus and Work/Life Connections-EAP to offer the Vanderbilt Healthier You program, a personalized weight management program for employees.
The purpose of the program is to support Vanderbilt faculty and staff with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher in getting to a healthier weight and reducing health risks. Obesity increases the risk for many diseases and conditions including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, osteoarthritis and certain cancers.
Each participant is assessed in OHC for preventable risk factors that are known to contribute to diabetes and heart disease. The Occupational Health Clinic provides this risk factor analysis to coincide with the Health Plus coaching which is aimed at assisting participants who want to modify their risks.
The health assessment includes a blood pressure measurement, height, weight, waist circumference, and a quick finger-stick blood test that measures blood sugar and cholesterol. An OHC clinician meets with each participant to explain the results and discuss their risk profile. At the end of the visit each participant receives a printed summary of the consultation and results which they may share with their primary care provider. This record is also available in the Vanderbilt electronic medical record.
Immediately after the OHC assessment, one of the Health Plus coaches meets with the participant to discuss actions that can be taken to modify their risks, and the participant is enrolled in coaching for six months. A follow up visit is scheduled at OHC in six months to repeat the measures and monitor progress toward goals set to reduce the identified risk factors.
Learn more about the Health Plus portion of the Vanderbilt Healthier You program.