CHICAGO, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Vitality Group, developer of an incentive-based wellness program, announced that Jonathan Dugas, PhD, has joined the company to serve in the role of Director of Clinical Development. Dr. Dugas joins a global scientific and clinical team that is responsible for development of the Vitality solution in the United States and leveraging the latest research and best practices in behavioral science to further enhance program engagement.
"We are pleased to have Jonathan join the Vitality team," said Arthur C. Carlos, CEO, The Vitality Group. "He is a welcome addition as we continue our work in using evidence-based best practices and a strong scientific foundation to help employers engage employees, improve health and reduce healthcare costs."
Jonathan will focus on the translation of lifestyle science into practical population-based solutions, aimed at improving population-based health behavior and reducing or appropriately mitigating risk factors. In addition, he will develop and present educational programs for members on key topics, such as weight management, physical activity and prevention of chronic disease.
Prior to The Vitality Group, Jonathan was a clinical assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary responsibilities included teaching a variety of courses and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. He has authored numerous publications and is co-author of the book, The Runner's Body: How the Latest Exercise Science Can Help You Run Stronger, Longer, and Faster, which unlocks the science of running for the everyday athlete.
About The Vitality Group
The Vitality Group is a member of Discovery Holdings Limited. Vitality wellness programs serve almost 2 million members in companies in a wide range of sizes and industry categories, improving individuals' health and well-being as well as employers' and health plans' bottom lines. Early adopters in the United States include some of America's most forward-thinking companies. They join global organizations in the United Kingdom and South Africa who together are proving the effectiveness of the Vitality health enhancement solution in reducing healthcare costs. www.thevitalitygroup.com
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