Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Reduce Obesity

Special task force to discuss employer role in weight management

As waistlines expand, there’s little surprise that this public health issue poses a challenge to American employers. In some states, particularly California and New York, government regulators are stepping in to urge businesses to take action.

A special meeting of the California Legislative Task Force on Diabetes and Obesity will take place in October 2008, at the Johnson Johnson Diabetes Institute in Milpitas, California. At this hearing, experts will testify about the benefits of workplace wellness programs, the role of the employer and the economic impact of this serious public health threat. Task Force members will incorporate this testimony into their discussion and use it as a basis for potential legislation in California.

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