#UltimateFamily on Thursday, March 19, at 12 p.m. EST held as follow-up to highly successful Twitter chat on childhood obesity

ultimatefamilyATLANTA, March 17, 2015 – Sharecare, a comprehensive digital health and wellness engagement platform, will host a Twitter chat on fostering healthy habits for the whole family on Thursday, March 19, from 12 to 3 p.m. EST. Using the hashtag #UltimateFamily, the chat will provide advice on how to stay active and eat well, and will feature top health experts from organizations like the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as physicians from HCA Virginia.

“I’m excited to participate in an event that has so much potential to get the word out about the health, economic and social dangers of the obesity epidemic,” said Dr. Matthew Brengman, bariatric surgeon and Medical Director of Advanced Surgical Partners of Virginia, part of the HCA Virginia Physicians network. “The #UltimateFamily Twitter chat will touch on so many aspects of this crisis, from childhood obesity to proper nutrition and activity guidelines, and I am pleased to partner with Sharecare to generate awareness and combat our nation’s greatest health crisis.”

The #UltimateFamily chat will build on the success of Sharecare’s January 2015 Twitter chat about childhood obesity, which ranked among the top trending health-related topics that day. #UltimateFamily will include additional leading medical experts from across the country, including Sharecare’s senior vice president of clinical strategy and Emory emergency physician Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, and Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer Dr. Mike Roizen.

The chat also will highlight the specific challenges faced by military families. With 50 percent of active military personnel considered overweight or obese,1 and 45 percent of military spouses and 30 percent of youth beneficiaries also in that category,2 obesity is a major health issue facing military families. To ensure their unique challenges are addressed during the chat, representatives from Operation Live Well, the DOD’s wellness initiative, are participating in #UltimateFamily.

“Operation Live Well is all about providing education and resources to help our defense community make the healthy choice the easier choice for those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country, their families and the civilians that support them,” said Public Health Service Captain Kimberly Elenberg, program manager for the Defense Health Agency’s population health program. “The opportunity to participate in an innovative, public forum like a Twitter chat is a great way to extend the reach of our mission, not only to the communities we serve but also to anyone interested in helping their family live healthier.”

What: Family Health Twitter Chat (#UltimateFamily)
When: Thursday, March 19, 12 to 3 p.m. EST
Who: Hosted by @SharecareNow, features experts from:

How to Participate:

Submit your questions and comments on Twitter using the hashtag #UltimateFamily through 3 p.m. Thursday, March 19. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can submit questions on Sharecare’s Facebook page, as well as follow the live chat on Sharecare.

About Sharecare

Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that provides people with personalized resources to help them live their healthiest lives. Nearly 40 million people have shared more than 5 billion data points about their health status and habits with Sharecare, which uses that information to create a comprehensive health profile allowing users to access all of their health resources in one place, and dynamically connect to the knowledge, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2010, Sharecare’s predictive and personalized platform is accessed daily by millions of consumers, including viewers of The Dr. Oz Show, patient populations of the country’s leading hospital systems and every Soldier in the United States Army.