LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2020) — Most medical experts agree that losing as little as 3% of body weight produces clinically meaningful health benefits, and greater loss leads to even greater benefits.
UK Human Resources helps University of Kentucky employees learn simple skills to enable them to lose weight and take advantage of these benefits through Naturally Slim, a science-based behavioral counseling program for nutrition. The program, based on user feedback and analysis of its participants, includes features such as:
- an optimized curriculum with instructors and focus on skills;
- short lessons for a small weekly time commitment;
- skill reinforcement lessons personalized to participants’ needs; and
- customized skill maintenance sessions allowing participants to choose their own paths.
The goal of the program is to teach participants simple skills to help them lose weight, improve their health and boost their overall quality of life, with the ultimate goal of reducing obesity-related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.
Since its beginning, more than 1,100 employees have participated in the program, losing a total of 5,904 pounds. And while the weight lost is impressive, it is more important to note the changes in their long-term health and feelings about their weight.
- 87% of individuals felt more in control of their weight.
- 60% reported an increase in their energy level.
- 65% felt more confident.
- 64% reported being more physically active.
Richard Amos, chief benefits officer, says “HR is very pleased to provide Naturally Slim to our employees on a UK health insurance plan. This program has great results. The number of people impacted, the pounds lost, health conditions improved — all have an effect on one’s outlook and emotional health. It focuses on how you eat, not what you eat. A program like this helps move us in a positive direction, and it is available to you each summer, fall and spring.”
The program combines a personal dashboard with weekly to-do lists. You will receive communications through email, text and mobile app notifications to ensure your experience is truly personal.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.