Weight Management Programme
Tipping the scales in our members’ favour
Countless studies have shown that being obese or overweight has dire health consequences. It substantially increases the risk of morbidity from at least 15 conditions including hypertension, abnormal cholesterol levels, Type-2 Diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnoea and respiratory problems, as well as cancers of the endometrium, breast, prostate, and colon. Being overweight also places considerable strain on the joints, often resulting in orthopaedic surgery.
And if this isn’t enough cause for concern, body weight is associated with an increase in mortality from all causes. In addition, obese patients may suffer from social stigmatisation and discrimination, coupled with mental health issues.
Fedhealth Weight Management Programme
This has led Fedhealth to introduce its Weight Management Programme in 2018 – a programme expertly designed for qualifying Fedhealth members with a high BMI and waist circumference.
Under this programme, members will participate in a 12-week, biokineticist-led intervention plan that will give them access to a dietician and behavioural psychologist with the goal to lose the excess weight and lead healthier, more rewarding lives. Once the programme is completed, ongoing advice and monitoring will also be made available to the member.
Who qualifies for the programme?
Fedhealth members with the following parameters will be eligible for the programme:
- BMI ≥ 30 kg/m², or
- Men with a waist circumference ≥ 102 cm, or
- Women with a waist circumference ≥ 88 cm, or
- Other cases identified by a Family Practitioner or BASA biokineticist supported by a motivation e.g. member with a BMI between 25.0 kg/m² and 29.9 kg/m² with diabetes and comorbidities.
How it works
The weight management programme runs over 12 weeks (three months) and comprises:
- Once a member or beneficiary has been identified as suitable for the weight management intervention, the FP is notified electronically that their patient has been enrolled on the weight management programme;
- Management by a BASA biokineticist which includes:
- Three (3) one-on-one consultations with the biokineticist;
- Referral to a dietician and/or psychologist for one consultation if necessary; and
- The bio submits electronic reports to the member’s FP and Fedhealth after each interaction.
- Self-monitoring; and
- At the end of the programme, Fedhealth will make contact with the member in order to obtain feedback and conduct a discussion on health Furthermore, the member will be advised about ongoing assistance available to ensure sustained weight management. This includes the use of the Fedhealth health portal.
Through the weight management programme, Fedhealth hopes to lead more of our family members towards leaner, healthier and more fulfilled lives.