Your 2022 Strategies for Communicating the Link Between Mental Health and Obesity to Your Employees


Presenters: Ariana Chao, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Patricia Nece, U.S. Department of Labor; and Sharon E. Smith, Prudential

View live: December 15, 2021, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT (available for on demand viewing through March 2022)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Employee mental health continues to rank as a topic on the minds of people leaders everywhere.

Depression and anxiety are the frequently considered conditions in discussions of mental health, but the chronic disease of obesity is another piece of the employee mental health picture tied to other mental health conditions that result in rising direct and indirect costs for employers.

In this program, you’ll learn more about obesity, the stigmas and biases associated with it, as well as how it can impact your employees’ mental health. You’ll acquire a better understanding of how to communicate about obesity with compassion and hear about real world examples and efforts aimed at addressing the issue.

About the Presenters: 

Ariana Chao, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Medical Director at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on improving the efficacy of treatments for obesity, with distinguished knowledge of behavioral and pharmacological treatments. Chao’s expertise and interests include the behavioral and pharmacological treatment of obesity, specializing in the development and evaluation of novel treatments for obesity and identifying obesity phenotypes that can help tailor treatment.

Patricia Nece advocates for the eradication of weight bias, science-based obesity treatments and access to care by sharing her personal experience with obesity. She is Chair of the Obesity Action Coalition, a 75,000-member organization dedicated to representing those affected by the disease of obesity. Nece is also a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, the World Obesity Federation’s Policy and Prevention Committee and the Global Obesity Patient Alliance. A noted advocate, she has worked on projects with the STOP Obesity Alliance, testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and participated in Congressional briefings.

Sharon E. Smith, MD, serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in Prudential’s Health and Benefits Center of Expertise. In her role, Smith provides guidance on all clinical programs, supports programs that support the overall health and well-being of Prudential employees, and provides consultative support to the internal businesses. 

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SHRM CertificationRecertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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This webcast is sponsored by Novo Nordisk




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