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Boston, MA — Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and EMC Corporation today announced they have formed a collaboration aimed at helping EMC’s employees stay healthy through improved nutrition and exercise. EMC will be the first company to participate in a unique new program developed by BUSM.
“DASH for Health at EMC” is a web-based health and nutrition education program through which employees can login and get weekly information about how to improve their nutrition and exercise habits. Employees enter detailed information about their diet, blood pressure, and weight, and the web site provides nutrition and exercise information tailored to their needs. The program also provides personalized progress reports to document the participant’s development. The program was developed and is offered by a team of health scientists at BUSM.
The nutrition plan recommended to participants is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, a well-balanced eating pattern that has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reduce the development of osteoporosis (thinning of the bones). The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and whole grains, and is reduced in animal fat and sugar-sweetened foods and beverages.
According to Jack Mollen, EMC’s senior vice president of Human Resources, the storage leader is committed to helping its employees balance their work and personal lives and prioritize their health. “We are pleased to offer the DASH program as a natural complement to the exceptional benefits package we already offer to our employees. Our goal is to give the EMC family all the information they need to improve their nutrition and stay healthy,” said Mollen. “This innovative program is a good match for a company like EMC, where innovation is a constant focus and people work very hard,” he added. Participation in the program is confidential and voluntary. Nearly 4,000 EMC employees and family members have already joined the program.
“BUSM is dedicated to providing scientifically-proven advice at regular intervals over many months. We believe that this type of frequent, long-term contact is very important if we are to help people make long-lasting changes in their health habits,” said Thomas Moore, MD, director of the DASH for Health at EMC program and assistant provost for clinical research at BUSM. “We are providing participants both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ for improving their health,” he added. Moore was one of the original investigators who developed the DASH diet and is an expert in the area of nutrition and blood pressure. He recently co-authored the book, The DASH Diet for Hypertension, which was published in January 2002, by Simon & Schuster.
BUSM team is partnering in this program with several food companies that make healthy, DASH-friendly food products and Stop & Shop supermarkets. Those companies have provided partial sponsorships for the program and will be offering EMC employees special discounts on their products. “We have been very pleased with the enthusiasm of the food industry to partner in a program like this. It gives them a chance to promote their products to a group of interested, motivated consumers,” said Caroline Apovian, MD, director of nutrition and weight management at BMC and a member of the BUSM DASH Team.
Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and more than 1,100 full and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary disease and dermatology, among others, and is one of the major biomedical research institutions in the United States. The School is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, its principal teaching hospital, and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. Along with Boston Medical Center and 15 community health centers, the School of Medicine is a partner in Boston HealthNet. About EMC
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