June 24 2011
Starting a Movement To Better Health
Last month, I blogged about Cerner's weight loss challenge for our associates that resulted in nearly 20,000 pounds lost. This summer, we will be taking it to the next level with a community-wide weight loss competition. The KC Slimdown Challenge is an opportunity for small teams and area companies to compete for prizes and bragging rights with the end goal of creating a healthier Kansas City. For 10 weeks this summer, we hope to encourage 30,000 participants to team up, slim down, and get healthy.
The competition consists of two coinciding challenges – the Employer Challenge and the Community Challenge. In the Employer Challenge, companies across the metro area will compete to achieve their own pre-defined goals for weight loss. With less than one month to go until the start of the Challenge, we are excited to have over 50 employers signed up to participate. Employers are major stakeholders in health of their employees, but not all play a significant role in helping employees manage their health. KC Slimdown Challenge provides the infrastructure and motivation needed to engage employers and involve employees. I expect many employers will see the same outstanding results we saw at Cerner – tons (literally) of weight loss, health costs savings, and a more energized workforce.
In the Community Challenge, any resident of Kansas City can form a team of 4-6 people with their friends, family, and coworkers to compete. The Community Challenge taps into the notion that it takes a “team” of people around you to help motivate and encourage you to achieve lasting results.
The KC Slimdown Challenge is presented by Cerner Health, our online personal health management tool. All participants will gain free access to a Cerner Health account during registration. Participants can use Cerner Health to track health information such as weight and fitness activities, as well as medications they are taking and conditions they currently have. Their Cerner Health account will remain active after the completion of the contest, so participants will be able to track their progress long term and make more informed decisions about their health.
Cerner's mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of healthcare delivery and the health of communities. We hope KC Slimdown furthers that mission. If you live in Kansas City, we hope you'll take us up the 10 week KC Slimdown Challenge. Be sure to check out our website, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Clay Patterson is the Managing Director for Cerner's Personal Health Agile Business Unit and is responsible for leading Cerner's businesses focused on engaging individuals in their health to result in improved health at a lower cost within communities across the globe. Patterson joined Cerner in 2001 as a business consultant and was instrumental in the large-scale acquisition and integration of BeyondNow, which became Cerner's Homecare suite of solutions. He also was the engagement leader for five solutions within an Ascension Health member health system. From 2007–2009, Patterson worked for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. At McKinsey & Company, he advised clients from diverse industries on critical business challenges. He rejoined Cerner in 2009. Patterson earned bachelor's degrees in mathematics and management science from Southern Methodist University. He received a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.