American College of Preventive Medicine Certifies RediClinic’s Weigh Forward® Program

  American College of Preventive Medicine Certifies RediClinic’s Weigh
  Forward® Program

Business Wire

WASHINGTON & HOUSTON -- May 7, 2014

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the nation’s leading
professional medical society representing the specialty of Preventive Medicine
and physicians dedicated to prevention, announced today that it has certified
RediClinic’s Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program as meeting
evidence-based standards for healthy weight loss. This is the first time in
ACPM’s nearly 60-year history that the organization has certified a
third-party program, and it signifies the launch of its new certification
program.

“The American College of Preventive Medicine has supported the practice of
preventive medicine in many ways over the years, and recognizing third-party
programs that meet quality and effectiveness standards for physicians, their
patients and consumers is a new way for us to pursue this mission,” said
ACPM’s Executive Director Michael A. Barry. “It was logical to begin our
certification initiative with weight management programs since obesity is one
of the nation’s most critical and challenging public health issues, and Weigh
Forward® went through a rigorous evaluation process to gain our
certification.”

The certification program allows organizations to apply to certify that their
program meets ACPM’s evidence-based standards for health promotion and weight
management. Programs are reviewed for both content and individual process
elements, placing emphasis on health improvement. The criteria for evaluation
focus on weight loss strategies, medical monitoring, weight maintenance, and
patient support. Organizations that have received ACPM certification for their
weight management program will be able to market the product as such to
potential customers. And, for the first time, consumers will have the ability
to seek the certification seal when assessing their options to create and
support a healthy lifestyle.

RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics, has
offered Weigh Forward® at 30 Texas-based RediClinics since 2011. Weigh
Forward® is now being licensed to other providers who want a turn-key
weight/lifestyle management solution for their practice or clinic. The 10-week
program combines 15-minute visits with a healthcare professional with access
to a comprehensive online platform that supports both the clinician and the
patient. It has proven successful in helping patients lose one-two pounds per
week while significantly improving their cardio-metabolic health.

The Weigh Forward® program has four key components: a medical component, which
includes an initial physical exam, lab tests at the beginning and end of the
program, and regular biometric monitoring; a proprietary behavior modification
component, which identifies each patient’s individual barriers to success and
offers proven strategies for overcoming them; a diet/nutrition component,
which includes five meal plans (including a diabetic plan) and more than 500
low-calorie, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare recipes; and a physical activity
component, which features customized fitness-improvement regimens for each
patient.

“Weigh Forward® is a uniquely comprehensive and effective program, and we are
honored that the American College of Preventive Medicine has recognized this
through its newly created certification program,” said RediClinic’s Chief
Executive Officer Web Golinkin. “We have created a program that all healthcare
professionals can use to help their patients achieve sustained weight loss and
health gains, and we hope that ACPM’s certification will assure potential
licensees that our program meets the highest professional standards.”

About RediClinic

RediClinic has given consumers easy access to high-quality, affordable
healthcare since 1989. The company currently operates 30 clinics inside H-E-B
grocery stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas, and has
successfully treated more than 1.4 million patients since opening its first
in-store clinic in 2005. In addition, the company’s Weigh Forward® program is
a leading solution for physicians and other healthcare professionals who want
to offer a turn-key weight management program in their practice or clinic. For
more information about Weigh Forward® and clinic locations, hours of
operation, services and prices, visitwww.RediClinic.com. RediClinic is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD).

About the American College of Preventive Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national
professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health
promotion. ACPM was established in 1954. Its 2,700 members are engaged in
preventive medicine practice, teaching and research. Specialists in preventive
medicine are uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health.
They have the skills needed to understand and reduce the risks of disease,
disability and death in individuals and in population groups. For more
information, visit www.acpm.org. To learn more about the certification
program, please visit the ACPM website or contact Dani Pere, Associate
Executive Director, Programs and Operations, at dpere@acpm.org.

Contact:

American College of Preventive Medicine
Danielle Pere, (202) 466-2044 x105
or
RediClinic
Stacy Armijo, (512) 448-4950
Pierpont Communications
 
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