Below we outline the health and cost reduction outcomes shared by Mainstay’s My25 subscribing organizations.
But first . . .the World Health Organization (WHO) and its landmark study confirmed that Mainstay’s approach to eating better is maximizing health for most anyone. Since our inception, we've advocated 25 grams of fiber each day and incorporated the appropriate ingredients into our menus—even coining the phrase “fiberizing.” WHO now concludes that a fiber-rich diet is not only the super solution materially reducing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, but fiber is leading to longer life.
- Pre My25, approximately 30% of individuals are at a normal BMI.
- Post 6 months and ongoing My25, 63% of participants are at, or consistently moving toward, a normal BMI. Of the people who were obese at program start, 14% are no longer obese and are consistently moving toward a normal BMI.
- Significant wellness improvement is also noted regarding the following within the first 6 months, with similar, beneficial outcomes steadily increasing thereafter.
- diabetic and hypertensive conditions
- medication usage/dosage & critical care visits
- triglyceride levels
- blood sugar levels
- blood pressure readings
- waist/hips measurements
- Post 18 months and ongoing My25, 71% of participants are at, or consistently moving toward, a normal BMI. Of the people who were obese at program start, 29% are no longer obese and are consistently moving toward a normal BMI.
- Physical activity markedly increases as the above clinical wellness gains register.
- Acute care, PRN and prescription medication expense reductions are significant as underweight/overweight conditions and associated chronic diseases—such as diabetes and hypertension—take a marked turn with the above health improvement outcomes.
- Individuals who are in better clinical health and who feel well, show up more often to work and are more productive. We hear all the time that absenteeism and presenteeism are positively impacted, which is of substantial top and bottom line benefit to employers.
- Grocery expense typically reduces 10 to 20%, registering about 2 to 4 months into the program; it's true that healthier foods do not have to cost more than less nutritious options. Interestingly—and something that initially caught us by surprise, but which has been confirmed across thousands of households—the most significant food cost reductions do not come from a decrease in per item food expense. Reduced grocery spend comes from well-constructed menus and associated grocery shopping lists that are adhered to.
- My25 Choice subscribers within the human services industry experience additional expense reductions as a result of two factors. First, labor efficiencies tied to My25’s streamlined mealtime system, automatic report generation needed for oversight purposes, and fewer acute care and stay-at-home-due-to-illness instances for people supported. Second, we are additionally curtailing food expense related to theft of groceries, commonly referred to as backdoor shrinkage; My25 affords, for the first time ever in many cases, easy oversight and accountability regarding grocery activities in LTSS/MLTSS settings.
These outcomes reflect
what our My25 Choice customers within the human services industry report, which is consistent with our USDA-backed, nationwide trials that were overseen by third-party health economists and research analysts.
While you’re probably a bit skeptical and want to point out that people with disabilities in community-based settings must eat what they are given each day, we respectfully steer you toward the facts. Individuals with disabilities, living in the same kinds of houses and apartments as we all do—who go off to work, school and day programs throughout the week—are very involved in choosing the foods they eat, shop for, and prepare. All in all, mealtime challenges are in sync with the mainstream and health struggles are even more demanding and nuanced.
For-profit and nonprofit human services organizations—our longstanding customers, including the largest national providers in the nation—have a similar goal orientation as businesses and stakeholders within other industries regarding cost reductions, strategic positioning and messaging, and health improvement for their constituencies.
A downstream solution with upstream benefit.
Food—personalized—has dynamic, daily pull . . . it’s a robust conduit to your communications and goal achievement.
Sure, it’s easy to Google what to eat when tackling extra weight, diabetes, high blood pressure, GERD, allergies, and more…but that quickly dead ends without interaction and personalization for individual and household preferences and needs.
Answers to the questions we always get asked…
We were spurred into action because…
“Mainstay has delivered from a health, bottom-line, and much more standpoint, so we are very pleased.”
~ Larry Weishaar, VP Quality Systems, BrightSpring Health Services
The World Health Organization concludes that fiber is the super solution behind preventive health and longer life for most anyone.
"Obesity and resulting diabetes are the only major health problems that are getting worse in this country, and they’re getting worse rapidly."
~ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention