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Rate of obesity continues to rise in United States

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The rate of obesity among adults has increased across 16 states, with no states seeing a drop, according to a new report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report also found that 12 states now have obesity rates above 30%, versus four years ago when just one state had a 30% obesity rate, TFAH and RWJF said.

Mississippi this year took the top spot as the most obese state, with Colorado falling in last place. What’s more, obesity rates have grown fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee, and slowest in Washington, D.C., Colorado and Connecticut.

Since 1995, when data was available for every state, obesity rates have doubled in seven states and increased by at least 90% in 10 others, TFAH and RWJF noted, adding that racial and ethnic minority adults, as well as those who are less educated and make less money, continue to garner the highest overall obesity rates.

“Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” TFAH executive director Jeff Levi said. “There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last 20 years, and we can’t afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding healthcare spending.”

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Bill Cook joins BioPlus as VP sales

BY Alaric DeArment

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy has named Bill Cook VP sales, the company said.

Cook previously worked as SVP business development and sales at CareSouth and also has worked as VP sales at United Therapeutics, Accredo Health and Gentiva. In his new position with BioPlus, Cook will be responsible for the national sales force.

“Bill brings over 23 years of healthcare industry experience as a dynamic, high-performance sales executive to his new position at BioPlus,” BioPlus president and CEO Stephen Vogt said. “His extensive experience in building and leading top-flight sales teams, strategic planning, incentive compensation design and market positioning is the perfect match for BioPlus as our company continues to grow and expand in the specialty pharmacy industry.”

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Novo Nordisk, Children with Diabetes team up to educate newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetics

BY Alaric DeArment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk will work with advocacy group Children with Diabetes to distribute materials to children newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the two said Thursday.

The approximately 7,000 kits, designed to help them learn to live with the condition, include a booklet, savings offers and patient-support videos, and were created based on feedback from CWD members with Type 1 diabetes. Patients can order the kits through their doctors.

Approximately 15,600 children and adolescents in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year, according to Novo Nordisk and CWD.

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