November 25, 2014

Even Though It’s Free

1 Medicare Weight-Loss Program Going Unused

Smoking and obesity are the two main causes of preventable death in the U.S., and Medicare offers free counseling to seniors for both smoking cessation and weight-loss, but the response of seniors has been strikingly inconsistent. Although only nine percent of seniors are smokers, while 30 percent are obese, five times as many eligible seniors utilized the tobacco counseling service last year as they did the free weight-loss counseling, by a margin of 250,000 to 50,000. Officials estimate that fewer than one in every 30 Medicare beneficiaries who are obese and whose health could be improved by the counseling service actually take advantage of it, and cite poor promotion of the program, limited numbers of providers, and inconvenient counseling availabilities as reasons.

More at Medpagetoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Medicare to Help Smokers Quit

Tags: Medicare Benefits, Medicare and Obesity, Medicare Weight-Loss Counseling, Weight-Loss Programs for Seniors, Seniors and Obesity

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Chain Restaurants Affected

2 FDA to Require Calorie Counts on Menus

The Food and Drug Administration will require that calorie counts be included on the menus of chain restaurants with more than 20 locations. The new labeling will go into effect a year from now and will also apply to convenience stores and other retail food establishments with 20 or more locations. Pizza chains, due to the variation in toppings available on whole pies, are being given the flexibility to post calorie counts by the slice - and the rules apply to online ordering as well. Calorie labeling became required by law as part of the Affordable Care Act but implementation has been delayed. Health advocates of the new rule say calorie labeling will increase awareness and allow consumers to choose healthier options. Detractors doubt the rule’s effectiveness.

More at Www.npr.org | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Menu Labeling Leads to Wiser Food Choices

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Calorie Counts, Fast Food Chains, Food and Drug Administration, Menu Labeling, Calorie Labeling, Healthy Choices

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