I recently came across this article, published by Business Insurance with the following headline "Few employers offer transgender benefits". This article, along with the growing news coverage around bathroom use for transgender, prompted me to investigate exactly what percentage of the population here is impacted. According to two of the largest surveys ever conducted on the topic, approximately .3 percent or 700,000 people in the United States identify as transgender.
Those who have completed ACAP Health's (Accountable Care Accountable Patients) metabolic risk reduction program, Naturally Slim, have learned that food is fuel. Hippocrates quote, "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food", is as true as ever today. His advice then foreshadows now the importance food plays in stemming the obesity epidemic that is leading to diabetes and other chronic conditions. That's what makes sharing this Funny or Die video clip by Nick Offerman a favorite of our staff.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates When the father of western medicine, Hippocrates, gave us this quote back in the times of Ancient Greece, he was providing one way of solving the public health crisis of our time. I like what Dr. Albert Schweitzer said even better, "It's supposed to be a secret, but I'll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within."
When we sit down with the leadership of our clients and their HR/Benefit departments, we usually get heads nodding when we share that 40-50% of Americans born after 2000 will have diabetes. There are plenty of peer-reviewed case studies to show that leading companies who invest in establishing a culture of health and accountability in the right way experience returns that go far beyond the expense side of the ledger.
I have a friend, Kathy Duran-Thal, who is a dietician in Dallas. She loves to say that, “Your feet cannot outrun your mouth.”
When it comes to the health of our country, Chicken Little was right…the sky IS falling!