Introducing Omada® – An Innovative Health Benefit Available to Pre-Medicare Retirees

Midland, MI - April 04, 2017

At Dow, we offer an array of benefit plans and programs that provide choices to help you stay healthy, get the care you need and protect your family. As part of our top-tier Total Rewards package, Dow is pleased to offer the Omada® health improvement program to pre-Medicare eligible U.S. retirees and their adult dependents participating in a Dow medical plan.

Omada® is a breakthrough online program that inspires healthy habits you can live with long-term. It combines the behavior change science and unwavering support you’ll need to lose weight, keep it off, and help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To date, over 3,000 Dow People have enrolled in the Omada® program and the results are exciting! Almost 50 percent of the program participants have lost 5 percent of their body weight, and are keeping it off! Here’s what a recent Dow participant said about the program:

“You have to try it!!! I have learned so much from the weekly lessons and the coach was the most inspirational person ever. She took the time to check in and always answered any questions I had. I love the program and would highly recommend it because of the support.”

--Dow Program Participant

 

How Can I Find Out if I am Eligible to Participate in Omada®?

There are three steps to determine if you qualify to participate in Omada®:

  1. Are you covered on a Dow medical plan?
  2. If yes, to #1 above, take the one-minute risk screening questionnaire.
  3. If you qualify to participate based on #1 and #2 above, Dow will cover the entire cost of the program for eligible U.S. employees, pre-Medicare eligible retirees, and their adult dependents – a $700 value!

Why Might Someone be Ineligible to Participate?
An individual may not qualify to participate if they are not covered under a Dow medical plan, or their Body Mass Index (BMI) is less than 24.

Omada® Helps You Lose Weight and Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
Omada® is based on the Diabetes Prevention Program* clinical trial, which showed that people at high risk can delay or avoid developing type 2 diabetes by losing weight through diet and exercise. Participants who did this lifestyle intervention reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent and lost 5 percent of their body weight, maintaining that for a year and beyond!

Omada® uses a multi-faceted approach to both inspire and enable change. The program includes:

  • Expert Health Coaching with one-on-one, dedicated support and advice from a professional health coach
  • Small Group Support with private online peer groups for encouragement
  • Health Data Monitoring including a no-setup wireless scale to monitor your progress, plus a digital pedometer and mobile app for food tracking
  • Interactive Program that adapts to you
  • Weekly Online Lessons to educate and inspire

More great news: If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease and participate in a Dow medical plan, Dow will cover the entire cost of the program for eligible U.S. employees, pre-Medicare eligible retirees, and their adult dependents – a $700 value.

Important update for Medicare-eligible retirees: Please note CMS/Medicare announced that diabetes prevention programs will be covered for Medicare participants starting in late 2017 or early 2018.

Your participation in Omada® is voluntary and your responses will be handled confidentially. No individually identifiable data will be shared with Dow. Your responses will be stored by Omada during the term of the program. You may unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive emails about Omada®.

If you have questions, please contact the Retiree Service Center at 800-344-0661.