Published on March 07, 2014

Genesis Philanthropy Launches Public Health Initiative

Genesis Expands Successful Initiative Into Community

Genesis Health System credits its employee wellness program for more than $64.7 million in benefit savings since 2007. Today the health system announced it will offer the same health program to a select number of people in the region at no cost.

Genesis has experienced a dramatic decrease in its incidence of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) among employees from 26% in the fall of 2008 to 15% based on the results of its fall 2013 screening.  MetS is a clustering of risk factors known to be pre-cursors to costly medical conditions such as Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Based on the success of employee screening results, Genesis Philanthropy announced today it will provide the Naturally Slim® program, including screenings for metabolic syndrome, to a minimum of 75 area people, each of the next five years.

Naturally Slim® is a Clinical Wellness Program (CWP) based in Dallas, Texas.  Since its founding in 1977, Naturally Slim, Inc.® has helped tens of thousands of people successfully fulfill their dream of lasting weight loss with the added benefit of reducing risk factors of MetS.

“Genesis Philanthropy continues to search for opportunities to improve the health of the communities served by Genesis Health System,’’ said Missy Gowey, executive director, Genesis Philanthropy.  “From our years of experience with the Naturally Slim® program, we know the program can have a positive, significant impact on the health of participants.’’

Former University of Iowa and National Football League quarterback Chuck Long will be the lending his name to the Genesis Philanthropy MetS Initiative.

Hundreds of Genesis Health System employees have improved their MetS risk factors while helping stabilize health insurance costs through their use of the Naturally Slim® program. Genesis Health System and its employees have saved $64.7 million since first implementing the program in 2007. 

Genesis Philanthropy will provide a virtual Naturally Slim® course to a minimum of 75 area residents at no cost.  Participants will receive screenings to evaluate their risk of metabolic syndrome.

If participants are found to be at risk of metabolic syndrome, they will be able to participate in the 10-week Naturally Slim® program by accessing a web site.

The value of each scholarship is $500.

“It’s an effective tool, but it is also very educational and fun for participants,’’ said Tom Culliton, director of workplace services, Genesis Health System. “Not only has Genesis had a high success rate using Naturally Slim®, other area employers and their employees have had similar successes.’’

Genesis Philanthropy will take on metabolic syndrome in the Quad Cities for the next five years by offering Naturally Slim® scholarships.

Anyone interested in participating in the pilot program can register at  Scholarships will be based on clinical and financial need.

Genesis Philanthropy leverages the power of philanthropy throughout our region to take the next step in the health care revolution, moving from caring for sick people to improving the health and wellness of the community.  Philanthropists, foundations and corporations are catalysts in this quest via their investment in Genesis Philanthropy, which is devoted entirely to population health initiatives.

The first gift to Genesis Philanthropy, $1 million, established the Gene and JoAnn Waddell Regional Fund for Hospice and Cancer Care.  A portion of this significant gift is providing free lung cancer low dose CT screenings throughout the region.

To learn more about the regional impact of a charitable investment in Genesis Philanthropy, contact Missy Gowey, Executive Director, (563) 421-6872.

Affiliate Foundations

DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation
Genesis Foundation
Mercer Foundation for Health
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