In January 2010, the Aetna Foundation announced its plans for community grants for the year 2010 and beyond. Grants from the Aetna Foundation will now be focused on three issues, with a priority given to the rising incidence of obesity in the US.
Aetna and the Aetna Foundation give millions of dollars in grants every year, but the 2010 announcement is of particular interest because it may signal a change of direction for the health insurance industry with regard to obesity.
The Health Insurance Industry and Obesity
The health insurance industry’s interest in obesity is hardly surprising–the financial stakes are huge. Acc