Employer health care costs and employee waistlines to be trimmed by Vermont firms

first_imgVtrim, an online behavioral weight management program developed at the University of Vermont, and Vermont based HRSentry have partnered to offer the Vtrim Online program to employers nationwide.“The goal of Vtrim is sustainable, long-term weight loss.” noted Beth Casey Gold, M.S., R.D., Vtrim’s Director of Corporate Programming.  “Vtrim teaches participants how to manage what they eat; versus food restriction…weight loss follows naturally.”HRSentry’s CEO, Dean Haller said, “Health care costs are a major drain on business revenues…Vtrim’s clinically proven approach supports our mission to provide employers with HR programs that cut risk, enhance productivity and build the bottom line long-term.”The Vtrim interactive, online model is based on 18 years of research by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., an obesity researcher at the University of Vermont.  Participants typically lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week over the course of the program.A number of Vermont firms, including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Green Mountain Power, Fletcher Allen Health Care, NRG Systems and Seventh Generation have incorporated Vtrim Online into their HR programming.“The results of Vtrim have had a profound effect on my work life. I have more energy and am more productive.” said Jan Blittersdorf, CEO at NRG Systems. “As I want my employees to reap the same rewards, NRG Systems now offers Vtrim to our employees. They benefit personally and our company benefits. Healthier lifestyles are integral to our corporate culture.”“By the way”, notes Haller, “HRSentry clients receive a 10 percent discount off Vtrim’s standard pricing.”About HRSentryHRSentry, a Vermont-based company, was founded by Dean E. Haller, who has more than 35 years of experience in Human Resources administration. HRSentry’s mission is to create, deliver, and support services and training that enhance an organization’s administration and management of Human Resource policies, practices, and procedures. HRSentry’s web-based HR Made Simple System provides human resource forms, policies, and procedures; links to federal and state laws, regulations, and resources.  All system content is kept in a “current” condition and updated as regulatory and other changes occur.  A subscription to the HRSentry HR made Simple System includes ongoing webinars, e-newsletters and alerts.About Vtrim OnlineThe Vtrim  Online Weight Management Program was developed by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., a nationally recognized weight-loss researcher at the University of Vermont. Dr. Harvey-Berino’s concept is based on behavior changes: a systematic shaping of daily habits to help people move more and eat less. A dynamic team of health professionals and experts in the weight management field leads Vtrim.  All of Vtrim’s certified facilitators are highly trained professionals with health-related credentials and experience.Source: VTrim. 2.23.2010. Burlington. VTlast_img