Aug 04, 2020 « Back to The Skinny
DALLAS, TX — (August 4, 2020) — After a rigorous clinical, data security, and user experience evaluation, Naturally Slim (NS) has been chosen by CVS Health to join the company’s Point Solutions Management offering, making the NS digital behavioral health program available to CVS Health pharmacy benefit management clients and their members. NS can now be offered by employers, plan sponsors, and health plans that use CVS Caremark for pharmacy benefits management through Point Solutions Management’s simplified contracting, preferred pricing, and streamlined eligibility and billing process.
“CVS Health is one of the most innovative healthcare companies in the world. We are more than thrilled to offer NS to their members at risk for obesity-related diseases looking to improve their health and overall quality of life,” said Rob Butler, CEO, Naturally Slim. “Now, more than ever, employers and plan sponsors need digital programs that deliver solid cost savings like NS to help people develop a healthier relationship with food, manage stress and anxiety, sleep better, be more physically active, and optimize immunity.”
A leading solution for weight management, metabolic syndrome (MetS) reversal and diabetes prevention, NS improves both physical and emotional health by teaching people common-sense behavioral skills needed to lose weight—and keep it off—without giving up the foods they love. And because NS focuses on mindfulness and how emotions impact our behaviors, participants also learn how to stress less, sleep better, and move more.
"Employers and other plan sponsors are increasingly looking for innovative tools to help people manage their weight, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sree Chaguturu, MD, Chief Medical Officer at CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) business of CVS Health. “Naturally Slim’s commitment to clinical evaluation and research aligns with our focus on helping our clients include clinically effective digital point solutions as part of their benefits packages.”
NS is anchored by a video-based curriculum delivered weekly for a full year by a team of expert clinicians, with live support from certified health coaches and digital nudges to keep participants engaged and on track. Participants practice and master program skills using the NS web-based platform and mobile app and build community with other NS participants through an online social network called NSTown™.
“For weight management and diabetes prevention, the evidence clearly supports that behavioral skill building should be the foundation of any comprehensive weight loss program so we applaud CVS Health for bringing digital skill building therapies like NS to their members,” said Tim Church, MD, MPH, PhD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, Naturally Slim.
“With the challenges many people have faced through the COVID-19 quarantine, having NS added to Point Solutions Management is timely and will allow us to reach hundreds of thousands of people who need our help now, more than ever.”
NS recently released weight loss and quality of life improvement data during quarantine, as measured across more than 40,000 participants who started the program between February and May of this year. While increased emotional eating, mindless snacking, and physical inactivity led many Americans to gain what has been jokingly referred to the “quarantine 15,” over the past few months NS participants lost clinically-meaningful weight, with men losing an average of 13.1 pounds at week 17 of the program, and women losing 8.9 pounds at week 17. More importantly, NS participants have reported significant improvements in their quality of life, including increased physical activity (70.1%), more energy (63.1%), more self-confidence (60.3%), better mood (58.0%), and improved sleep (33.5%), all during a time when millions of Americans have faced unprecedented uncertainty, stress, and anxiety.
About Naturally Slim (NS)
NS is a digital behavior change program that focuses on improving the physical and mental health of employees and plan members across America. Although the name does not convey it, NS is much more than a weight loss program. With NS, participants learn the skills needed to sustain clinically meaningful weight loss, lower stress, sleep better, and move more—all without the hefty price tag of traditional health coach-centric programs. Simply put, NS is the single most cost-effective way for plan sponsors to reduce obesity-related disease and foster resilience in populations, helping employers and health plans do the most good for the most people. You can learn more at www.naturallyslim.com.
About CVS Health
CVS Health is united around a common goal of becoming the most consumer-centric health company in the world. We’re evolving based on changing consumer needs and meeting people where they are, whether that’s in the community at one of our nearly 10,000 local touchpoints, in the home, or in the palm of their hand. Our newest offerings — from HealthHUB® locations that are redefining what a pharmacy can be, to innovative programs that help manage chronic conditions — are designed to create a higher-quality, simpler and more affordable experience. Learn more about how we’re transforming health at www.cvshealth.com.
Read published release here.