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Watertown's Tufts Health Plan creates job overseeing workplace wellness programs

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 13, 2013 11:40 AM

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Officials from Watertown-based Tufts Health Plan announced today that the company has created a new position dedicated to overseeing their clients' workplace wellness services, and has hired Mari Ryan, previously CEO and co-founder of Advancing Wellness, for the job.

The newly-created position of director of population health and wellness also includes overseeing health programs for customers, from disease management to encouraging healthy lifestyles, according to a statement from the company.

Ryan has had more than 15 years of professional experience and an expertise in creating and installing effective wellness and incentive-based programs in the workplace, officials said.

“Mari will provide our members and employers with comprehensive wellness programs that will make our members healthier while reducing costs for employers,” said Paul Kasuba, chief medical officer at Tufts Health Plan. “Mari is an excellent addition to our team of directors and we are very pleased to welcome her to the Tufts Health Plan team.”

Aside from co-founding Advancing Wellness, which focused on health programs at various worksites, Ryan has also served as a consultant to the state's health department on such programs. She chairs the Board of Directors of the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and sits on the board for Health Promotion Advocates. Ryan has also written articles published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

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