Novo Nordisk is proud to partner with the American Nurses Association to recommend a variety of free tools and resources that will empower you to better understand, and engage in conversations about, obesity and treatment options. The way we think, talk and care about obesity and its impact on our communities is changing.
Nurses know, clinically speaking, that obesity is diagnosed as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. But there’s more to weight than what you see. Obesity is a chronic, progressive disease, which requires more than one approach to weight management and treatment. 2 in 5 Americans are living with obesity, with disproportionate prevalence in communities of color, yet people living with obesity often lack the medical care they deserve. With the right care, the right conversations, and a customized treatment plan, people with obesity — patients and health care providers themselves — can reach a healthy weight that makes a true difference in overall health.
Launched by the Black Women’s Health Imperative and HealthyWomen, Reclaim Your Wellness is a national campaign dedicated to engaging, supporting, and empowering women living with obesity in a manner that is free of stigma, judgment, and bias. The campaign engages these communities by offering educational resources, events, and advocacy tools to help our nation make real sustainable progress in the fight against this disease.
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a more than 70,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individuals affected by the disease of obesity, and helping these patients along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. The Coalition’s website features resources about improving access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, and the fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination.
The Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) is a diverse group of organizations that have come together with the purpose of changing how we perceive and approach the problem of obesity in this nation. The network aims to influence change in the US health care system by urging policymakers to recognize that obesity is a complex chronic disease that deserves to be treated seriously in the same fashion as other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
As part of the campaign’s regular programming, this webinar educates viewers about why obesity must be treated as a disease, and explores the linkage between obesity, COVID-19, and health disparities. Learn how these issues intersect and why it is so important to remove weight stigma and take a continuum of care approach to treating obesity.
Excess weight and obesity affect health throughout an individual’s lifetime, and the obesity rate among adolescents has risen in recent years. Use this fact sheet to learn how to engage in the right conversations with our youth to make a difference in their lives.
Managing weight as an individual ages is important for mobility, strength, and overall wellness. Explore a wide variety of strategies here to attain optimum health in senior years.
The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is made up of a diverse group of business, consumer, government, advocacy, and health organizations dedicated to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States. STOP’s website features research, policy recommendations, and hands-on tools for providers, advocacy groups, policymakers, and consumers.
Use this fact sheet as a resource to guide your conversations with patients about obesity, treatment options and the importance of making it a health care priority.
Novo Nordisk, a global health care company, is committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people lead longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, our heritage has provided the experience and capabilities that enable us to help people defeat serious chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hemophilia and growth disorders.