Alere Launches Comprehensive Coaching Solution To Help Employers Battle the Causes of Rising Healthcare Costs

ATLANTA--()--Alere Health today announced the rollout of the new Alere™ Coaching Solution, a comprehensive behavior change program that helps employers address key lifestyle behaviors that drive healthcare costs. Integrating Alere Health’s evidence-based wellness and health coaching offerings, the Alere Coaching Solution empowers employees to improve their health with proven approaches to addressing smoking, obesity, poor nutrition, low physical activity and stress.

“Unhealthy lifestyle behaviors are responsible for more than $300 billion in wasted healthcare spending and result in twice the healthcare costs of a healthy individual,” says Alere Health CEO Craig Keyes, MD. “We designed the Alere Coaching Solution for employers as a population health management approach to helping employees at all risk levels address key behaviors that lead to or escalate high-cost chronic conditions.”

The Alere Coaching Solution gives employees access to skilled behavior change coaches in a set of programs that address their personal situations:

  • The American Cancer Society Quit For Life® Program is the nation’s leading tobacco cessation coaching program with a 48% quit rate.
  • The American Diabetes Association Weight Talk® Program is a specialized coaching program for people struggling with weight and obesity in which 77% of participants surveyed after six months indicated meaningful weight loss.
  • The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-accredited Lifestyle Coaching Program guides participants in improving their nutrition, physical activity and stress. More than 42 percent increased their ability to cope with stress in 2013.

Studies have shown that one-on-one or group support can yield better results than web-based educational programs alone. Alere health coaches focus on establishing trusting coaching relationships through fulfilling personal interactions that lead to the discovery of intrinsic motivation. Their goal is to help participants feel heard, accepted and more comfortable exploring emotional, behavioral or cultural barriers. With the help of a personal coach, they set realistic goals and achieve small successes that build confidence and inspire a commitment to sustaining a life of healthy choices. The Alere Coaching Solution also includes web and mobile tools, self-paced behavior change modules, incentives and biometric screenings.

In addition to program affiliations with the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and NCQA, the Alere Coaching Solution incorporates curriculum-based approaches modeled after the Diabetes Prevention Program, the National Weight Control Registry and the U.S. Preventive World Health Guidelines on tobacco cessation. A leader in behavior change science, Alere has published 155 studies and participated in 40 clinical trials in the areas of tobacco use and obesity.

Employers and health plan administrators interested in additional Alere Coaching Solution information can visit www.alerewellbeing.com.

About Alere Health

Alere Health is part of the health information solutions business of Alere Inc., a global leader in diagnostic products and services for infectious disease, cardiometabolic disease and toxicology. Alere is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information regarding Alere, please visit www.alere.com.

The Alere Logo, Alere, Quit for Life and Weight Talk are trademarks of the Alere group of companies. All other trademarks referenced are trademarks of their respective owners.

Contacts

For Alere Health
Jan McClure, 770-559-1016
janm@mccluremedia.com

Release Summary

New Alere™ Coaching Solution behavior change program helps employers address lifestyle activities—smoking, obesity, poor nutrition, low physical activity and stress—that drive healthcare costs.

Contacts

For Alere Health
Jan McClure, 770-559-1016
janm@mccluremedia.com