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Weight Watches and Medicaid Join Forces

It is being reported that the Medicaid program in one of the country's most overweight states, West Virginia, is turning to Weight Watchers to help with the ongoing obesity problem.

Up to 75,000 West Virginians will soon be eligible for free weight loss courses through Weight Watchers, thanks to an effort by the state Medicaid program and the health benefits group UniCare, the largest provider of Medicaid coverage in the state. I think it's a great idea since one of the largest roadblocks to losing weight is money.

If this program is successful, you can bet that more states and health benefits groups will get on board as stopping obesity before it happens will ultimately save them money in the long run (Medicaid shells out more that $100 million in annual costs linked to obesity).

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honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
I totally support this. I'm glad the obesity problem is finally getting some attention!
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
its not surprising that those on medicaid are overweight. those who use medicaid are generally lower income, if you go to lower income areas, that is where the fast food restaurants are literally clustered together. lower income families are less likely to see a doctor on a regular basis and less likely to participate in regular exercise. this is a good start but the fact is that we need to recognize that our lower income citizens are not leading healthy lifestyles for a variety of reasons flutter-the one, the only, accept no substitutions
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I think this is a great idea too. Kinda like a win win. People will loose weight and feel better in general and the state will save some money. I wonder if people will do it?
boredatwork boredatwork 10 years
This is such a wonderful idea! There really is a need for it too. I'm not trying to generalize a state, but my dad's family is from the south eastern part and I was actually there this weekend and I was alarmed at all the overweight people there. When you look around and all you see is fast food restaurants it's really not hard to put together, so I'm glad there's going to be a program to help educate folks.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
This is a great idea, I hope it works for WV and more states will do this.
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