Obesity: The Employer Conundrum

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Obesity: The Employer Conundrum

University Club of Chicago
76 E Monroe St
Front Grill Room, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Dial-in Instructions:
A webinar link is provided in the registration confirmation email.
When:  Sep 20, 2023 from 08:00 AM to 12:15 PM (CT)


Event Description

Obesity is complicated. This metabolic disease has genetic, environmental and psychological factors, and is associated with multiple chronic conditions and poorer mental health outcomes. And, bias and stigma can get in the way of a successful workplace strategy. The economic burden to employers is significant. A new generation of anti-obesity drugs has shifted the treatment landscape, creating both a challenge and opportunity for employers. Employers attending this session will gain a better understanding of the latest research, employer best practices and concrete ideas to mitigate costs associated with obesity.

This program is available both in-person and virtually.

Understand how:

  • Obesity is often inaccurately characterized as a lifestyle failure instead of a chronic disease
  • Treating underlying obesity is imperative to successfully managing chronic conditions and addressing mental health
  • Weight stigma can have significant social, psychological and physical effects for those living with obesity
  • Employers can make an educated decision on why and how to cover GLP-1 weight loss medications
  • Plan design can mitigate the economic burden of this metabolic disease


  • Antall Peter Antall, MD Chief Medical Officer, President Medical Network, Lark Health
  • Frank Richard Frank, MD Chief Medical Officer Vida Health
  • Jacobson Mary Jacobson, MD Chief Medical Officer Hello Alpha
  • Jung Alex Jung Founder Alex Jung Consulting LLC, MBGH Board Member
  • Schmidt Craig Schmidt, PharmD Associate Director Medical Accounts Novo Nordisk
  • Sherman Tara Sherman Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy Leader The Boeing Company, MBGH Board Secretary
  • Younglove Courtney Younglove, MD Founder, Medical Director Heartland Weight Loss and WellMi

Registration Fees

  • Members $0
  • Employer Non-Members $50
  • Non-Members $250

HRCI Accreditation

This program is expected to be approved for 3 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, visit www.hrci.org. The use of the official seal confirms that this Program has met HRCI's criteria for re-certification credit pre-approval.


Event Sponsors

Forum Sponsors

  • alpha
  • Lark
  • Novo
  • Vida

Exhibit Sponsors

  • Moderna
  • TrestleTree