Nutrition_ArdWith rising insurance costs from obesity to diabetes, employers are looking at ways to cut costs. Having healthy employees is one way to do it, but who do you turn to design a wellness program. Where would a veteran or those that need to return to work quickly while adapting to new physical limitations go for help. Public and private companies as well as organizations won’t have to look too far. They will be able to tap into the resources of world-renowned faculty and clinical researchers in their backyard.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions is looking for opportunities to consult and develop programs for businesses and the community on health related issues.

“We have the resources and expertise in our school to address community needs,” said Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean of the school of health professions.

Dr. Jamy Ard, medical director for the UAB EatRight Weight Management Services and associate professor in the department of nutrition sciences, has been appointed to head up this new initiative as the associate dean for clinical affairs.

“Jamy has successfully developed and implemented several clinical nutrition programs for community groups and employers,” said Jones. “It’s logical to have his leadership to guide our school in this new endeavor that will benefit the community.”

Ard will be looking for opportunities for all five departments in the school which include clinical and diagnostic sciences, health services administration, nutrition sciences, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

“There are a lot of real world health system problems,” said Ard. “We can bring our expertise as well as our multi-disciplinary teams together to solve those issues.”