CIGNA Worksite Wellness Program Takes
Aim At Metabolic Syndrome
added a new worksite lifestyle improvement program, Metabolic Syndrome
Improvement Program (MSIP), to help people combat metabolic syndrome, a
condition significantly increasing the risk of an individual developing
type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
intensive, 90-day program is designed to help people increase physical
activity, eat better, lose weight and reduce stress. One of the key
elements is access to a social networking site that gives participants
an opportunity to share their experiences and keep one another
motivated toward making healthy behavior changes.
are considered to have metabolic syndrome if they have three or more
risk factors – weight, good cholesterol, blood pressure and
elevated fasting blood sugar as determined by numbers. For example,
elevated blood pressure of 130/85 or higher, or a triglyceride count of
150 or higher puts the individual at risk.
participants record their numbers at the beginning and end of the
program so they can monitor their own progress as they reach desired
of programs have the potential to reduce the risk for two of the
nation’s leading causes of death – diabetes and
disease," said Dr. David M. Kendall, chief scientific and medical
officer of the American Diabetes Association.
of weekly one-hour sessions for 35 to 50 participants facilitated by a
health advocate at an employer’s worksite, although sessions
also be delivered online.
facilitator helps participants understand the relationship between
lifestyle and chronic disease and helps them learn to make healthy
choices related to carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
focus on making those choices at the supermarket or when dining out,
while other sessions focus on cardiovascular activity, strength
training and stress management. Participants also have access to
additional online learning modules at any time. They also receive a
workbook with motivational articles, health tips, check lists and
workplace employees with MSIP spend four times as much on medication
and miss twice as many days of work due to illness compared to their
"delivers a holistic experience that addresses several key health risks
that, taken together, can lead to long-term, life-changing health
consequences," said Tom Richards, senior vice president and product
leader for CIGNA. It offers "people an opportunity to improve their
health, well-being and sense of security."
CIGNA, Two Liberty Place, 1601 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19192;
(215) 761-1000, www.cigna.com.