More than 100 Griffin Hospital employees lost a total of 1,500 pounds by partnering with Medi-Weightloss Clinics, which has an office in Shelton.

Connecticut is a state with one of the lowest obesity rates, according to a release Griffin Hospital, landing at No. 42 in the U.S. on the recent F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012 report. But with the obesity rate expected to nearly double by 2030 from 24.5% to 46.5%, there’s much work to do to improve Connecticut’s health future.

Reducing body weight to achieve a healthy BMI is one of the most important things anyone can do for health and confidence. In addition, individuals with a healthy BMI save themselves and their employer money on healthcare costs.

Corporations that promote weight loss are seeing benefits. Griffin Hospital has been a health and wellness leader in the community for many years. Partnering with Medi-Weightloss Clinics — a physician-supervised weight loss program— was a natural fit, according to the release. Griffin Hospital encourages their employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and offers discounts on the Medi-Weightloss Clinics Program through its Corporate Wellness Partnership. So far, Griffin Hospital employees have lost over 1,500 pounds!

“Our collaboration with Medi-Weightloss Clinics as a corporate partner has been a tremendous benefit for our employees,” said Patrick A. Charmel, President and CEO of Griffin Hospital. “Over 100 Griffin employees and family members have successfully used the medical weight loss program to further their personal wellness goals and, by doing so, have made positive changes that we believe provide a direct benefit back to the organization.”

The comprehensive, Medi-Weightloss Clinics Program focuses on helping patients reach their goal weight, transition into a healthy lifestyle and maintain their weight loss for the long-term.

“Our patients feel a great part of their success comes from the medical team at our clinics. They are there to support, encourage, and motivate our patients every step of the way, “ said Chelsey Millstone, MS, RD, LD/N, Corporate Dietitian. “We also provide resources to help patients learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and keep the weight off for life. Unfortunately, a lot of programs don’t educate their patients on how to keep the weight off and that is something we really focus on.”

In addition to offering an individualized physician-supervised weight loss programs for adults, Medi-Weightloss Clinics also offers specialized weight loss programs for adolescents through its PowerPlay Program and for diagnosed diabetics through its Acute DM Program. Often present in overweight and obese individuals, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for 174 billion in total U.S. healthcare costs.3 Just a 5% reduction in BMI will save $2.8 million in diabetes costs.

“Medi-Weightloss Clinics and Griffin Hospital are organizations that are helping to meet and exceed Connecticut’s reduced BMI goal rate of 40.5% by 2030,” Charmel said. ”I encourage other organizations to look into adding a medical weight loss program into their employee wellness program. Reaching and staying at a healthy body weight is so important for the health of an individual, a company, Connecticut, and the nation.”

Medi-Weightloss Clinics, under the direction of Elliot Mathias, MD, is located in the Family Health Care Center, 330 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton, CT. To learn more about the programs available or to discuss how a Corporate Wellness Partnership may assist your company, call 203-659-8948 or visit www.mediweightlossclinics.com. Medi-Weightloss Clinics has locations across the nation.