Leveraging GLP-1s for Better Health: An Interview with Clark Lagemann

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Dr. Mark Testa sat down with Clark Lagemann, CEO of Avidon Health, to discuss the innovative approach Avidon Health is taking with GLP-1s (Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 receptor agonists) and their integration into corporate wellness programs. The conversation sheds light on the importance of combining pharmacological treatments with behavioral coaching for sustainable health outcomes.

Length: 20 minutes

Synopsis:

In this insightful interview, Clark shares the journey and vision behind Avidon Health’s unique approach to health coaching, particularly in the context of GLP-1s. Here are the key highlights from the discussion:

Key Highlights

1. Introduction to GLP-1s and Their Role:

  • Explanation of GLP-1s and their dual role in regulating blood sugar levels and aiding weight loss.
  • Discussion on the rising popularity of GLP-1s, such as Ozempic and Wegovy, and their high cost and potential downsides.

2. Avidon Health’s Holistic Approach:

  • Avidon Health was founded with the mission to help patients achieve better health through behavior change and education, rather than solely relying on medications.
  • Integration of health coaching in physician practices to address risk factors and promote sustainable behavior changes.

3. Behavioral Coaching for Sustainable Results:

  • Development of two behavioral change courses: one for preparing individuals for GLP-1 therapy and another for ongoing support during treatment.
  • Emphasis on addressing underlying issues such as stress, anxiety, and poor sleep, which are critical for long-term success.

4. Challenges and Considerations:

  • The importance of preparing individuals for GLP-1 therapy to maximize results and ensure they understand that medications are not a standalone solution.
  • Addressing potential side effects and guiding individuals towards appropriate medical and mental health support when needed.

5. Future Directions and Industry Impact:

  • Discussion on the transformative potential of GLP-1s in various industries, including fitness and telehealth.
  • Avidon Health’s commitment to staying at the forefront of health innovation by combining digital resources with personal coaching.

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