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Government employees get leaner

November 16, 2006

Albany -- Doctors report outstanding health improvement in Albany and Dougherty County workers who took part in an eight week program.   

Employees like jail operations manager Vince Williams, who took part in the Cardiovascular Initiative program, developed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Since January Williams and 275 other city, county, and Water Gas and Light employees ate healthier, exercised, and met with experts about healthy lifestyle choices.

Williams has lost 40 pounds and his cholesterol is much improved. Doctors working in the program say most employees have made similar improvement in their health screenings. The city and county took part in the study to fight high health care costs and insurance rates.

Doctors say more businesses should start getting their employees involved.   "Helping their employees live healthier lifestyles and at the same time win for them, and their cost of healthcare will be less," says Dr. Joseph Stubbs of Albany Internal Medicine.  

The city and county employees who took part in the Cardiovascular Initiative had their deductible in their health insurance plan lowered. Government officials will hold another screening for other employees who want to enroll in the program in January.

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