Preventing chronic disease at the worksite.
Nico Pronk, Ph.D., M.A., FACSM, FAWHP, is vice president of Health & Disease Management at HealthPartners health system in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with responsibility for health promotion, disease prevention and disease management programs for the health plan membership. He is also the Executive Director of the Health Behavior Group, a HealthPartners business unit that provides health promotion, disease prevention and disease self-management products and services to the local, national, and international wellness market. As a Senior Research Investigator at the HealthPartners Research Foundation, he conducts studies in the areas of behavior change, population health improvement and the impact of systems-level change on health-related outcomes. Dr. Ponk has published extensively in the areas of exercise and physical activity, behavior change, economic impact of health risk factors, and the integration of health risk management strategies in population health initiatives. He is currently an Associate Editor for the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®, a member of the International Editorial Board of Disease Management & Health Outcomes, and an Editorial Board member of the CDC e-journal Preventing Chronic Disease. He is a current Member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services and the Clinical Obesity Research Panel (CORP) at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ponk received Fellow status for ACSM and the former Association for Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP).