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Arkansas Working up Weight-Loss Program for State Workers

MAY 19, 2006 - Posted at 3:44 p.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says Arkansas is developing a weight-loss program to offer state employees similar to the regimen that helped him lose more than 100 pounds.

The governor says the state's insurance board is working on a plan to pay for part or all of the costs for obesity treatment programs.

The program is to begin in July with the state benefits plan initially providing employees with nutrition counseling.  The division is working on a plan to pay for comprehensive weight loss programs similar to a program Huckabee used to help lose his weight.

In 2003, Huckabee, prompted by a diabetes diagnosis, joined a 15-week program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  The program for "chronic adult obesity" puts patients through three stages: a liquid diet, reintroduction of food, and weight stabilization with long-term maintenance.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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