As more employers are becoming educated about the toll obesity in the workforce can extract from a company,solutions continue to hit the marketplace that are designed toaddress the epidemic. Within the last few days, perhaps thebest-known brand in the weight control arena said it was partneringwith a major health plan provider to offer employers a new ally inthe obesity battle.

Weight Watchers International and Humana Inc. said the latterwill integrate the former’s signature weight control programs intoits employer sponsored health plans. Employees in those plans willbe able to sign up for a free or discounted membership in WeightWatchers. The membership offer will be among the features ofHumana’s wellness programs available to employers.

Employees will receive their first six months’ membership forfree, and will be able to continue with a discounted membershipafter that period, the partners said in a release.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.