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Kiska Workman
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4/10/2008
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

City of Houston Business Leadership and Medical Experts Team Up For Employee Health

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New downtown Wellness Station checks key health risks in five minutes
 
Houston city and business leadership and local medical experts recently unveiled a new "Know Your Numbers" Wellness Station downtown, in an effort to promote health awareness and give Houston's downtown workforce access to quick, free health information. The new wellness station is located on the tunnel level of 611 Walker, the City of Houston's Bob Lanier Public Works Building. It is the second of four stations coming online by the end of 2009.
 
Leadership from the City of Houston, Waste Management, Inc., Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the Kelsey Research Foundation celebrated the official opening of the new wellness station. In just five minutes – confidentially and at no charge – visitors can know the numbers that help keep them healthy, including blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). Information is stored safely and securely online for convenient access and confidential tracking at lifeclinic.com.
 
Nearly one in three American adults—about 72 million people—have high blood pressure and approximately 119 million, or 64.5%, of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. Many are unaware of health problems because they don't experience any symptoms and may not make preventive health a priority. In May 2007, Waste Management, Kelsey-Seybold and the Kelsey Research Foundation installed the first kiosk at the tunnel level under First City Tower, downtown, to encourage workers to know their numbers and associated health risks. Since installment, more than 12,000 visitors have checked their health numbers for weight, body mass index, body fat and blood pressure. As of first quarter 2008, 50 percent of visitors were found to have elevated blood pressure, putting them at significant risk for hypertension. Thirty-two percent were overweight and 22 percent were obese for their height and sex based on their body mass index.
 
Cutting Health Risks: Business, health care and civil leadership team up to offer downtown workers a free and easy way to monitor and reduce their health risks. Left to right: Bill Cole, safety officer, Waste Management; Dr. Kenneth Kennedy, managing physician and Family Medicine physician, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Houston Center; Candy Aldridge, acting director of Human Resources, City of Houston; and Dr. Ben Hoffman, chief medical officer, Waste Management cut the ribbon and officially open the newest Know Your Numbers Wellness Station on April 9.
 
Leading by example, Candy Aldridge, acting director of human resources for the City of Houston, takes five to check her blood pressure and body mass index, while Dr. Ben Hoffman, chief medical officer for Waste Management, awaits his turn to check and know his own health numbers.

About Kelsey-Seybold

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 480 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 24 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 17 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for five consecutive years.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.