Former HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to Chair Stayhealthy Board
MONROVIA, Calif., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Health solutions company Stayhealthy, Inc. announced today that the Honorable Tommy G. Thompson, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Governor of Wisconsin, was elected to serve as Chairman of the Board. This move is an important step forward in the company's growth as it continues to expand its personalized health improvement solutions in clinical, community and corporate wellness settings.
"In order to improve health and reduce health care costs in the U.S., we must develop and apply inventive health and wellness solutions," said Thompson. "By connecting employers, health plans and physicians with retailers, fitness centers and other community-based partners through its proprietary technology platform, Stayhealthy provides an unprecedented capability to improve health outcomes of not only employees, but spouses, dependents, and retirees as well. Community-based health care models that provide convenient and inexpensive access to health assessment and wellness programs for all consumers would contribute greatly to solving our country's health care crisis."
"Stayhealthy is dedicated to improving Americans' health through our wellness technologies," said John Collins, CEO of Stayhealthy. "The addition of Tommy Thompson provides Stayhealthy with strong health care business and policy leadership and expertise and can help us navigate an increasingly complex health care and regulatory environment."
The Stayhealthy Total Body Composition Management System is an FDA-cleared technology solution that measures and monitors body composition – including percent body fat, lean mass and hydration. This innovative technology is integrated with a powerful online portal to engage, motivate and empower individuals to take control of their health by providing an accurate, personalized approach to assess health risks, set personal goals, track health data, and monitor progress. Health care organizations can seamlessly integrate this technology into existing prevention and wellness programs to improve health risk assessment, develop outcomes-based incentives, and demonstrate the effectiveness of their interventions.
Known nationwide for his commitment to prevention and wellness initiatives, Thompson has a track record for health care business acumen and has been closely involved with Stayhealthy since 2008. Thompson was one of the first national leaders to speak out about the need to focus on prevention and wellness as part of a national debate when he launched his Healthy Lifestyles & Disease Prevention campaign as HHS Secretary in 2004.
"I hope to draw on my experience in numerous areas of the healthcare industry to help Stayhealthy become a global leader in measuring and improving personal health – which I believe is critical in the fight against chronic disease and obesity," said Thompson. "Stayhealthy has a very bright future and I am looking forward to working with the organization's outstanding executive leadership team to help improve the health status of people worldwide."
Edward P. Bliss, who has served as Chairman since 2008, will continue to serve on the Board of Directors. Stayhealthy also announced the return of one of its founding directors, John P. Demoleas, to the Board of Directors. Mr. Demoleas is Vice President of Development and External Affairs at Staten Island University Hospital. Demoleas has a track record of successful development, management, and expansion of health care enterprises and hospital and university foundations over the past 30 years.
"John Demoleas was a founding member of Stayhealthy and has contributed greatly over the years to the company's original vision, which was formulated 15 years ago and is now coming to fruition as Americans begin to benefit from Stayhealthy technologies," said Collins. "Demoleas' return to the Stayhealthy Board provides invaluable perspective to drive further growth of the company through adoption of Stayhealthy solutions in community and workplace wellness programs across the country."
Stayhealthy, Inc., based in Monrovia, CA, is a privately owned health solutions company committed to changing the way the world measures health and fitness. At the core of the Stayhealthy solution is its advanced web-enabled, clinically researched technology for accurately and consistently measuring individual body composition. Developed over fifteen years of research and clinical validation, Stayhealthy technology links to its revolutionary activity monitor to bring a comprehensive solution to individuals attempting to proactively manage their health. The Stayhealthy Total Body Composition Management System™ allows individuals to understand their health status, set goals for improvement and monitor progress. Combining the Stayhealthy Health Assessment Kiosk with the Total Body Composition Management System™ improves identification, engagement, and management of at-risk individuals by providing comprehensive biometric testing capabilities. These tests include weight, body fat percentage, hydration level, blood pressure, pulse ox - blood oxygen, non invasive respiration, non invasive temperature, hearing, eye tests, web cam access and a variety of other features. For program sponsors, the Stayhealthy system provides comprehensive reporting at a population level so overall program performance and progress can be monitored and adjusted as necessary. Stayhealthy solutions are ushering in a new era of proactive, self-service health management at the consumer level. More information is available at www.stayhealthy.com.