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From left to right, Julia Huggins, Mid-Atlantic president, CIGNA Healthcare; Carmel Roques, CEO, Keswick Multi-Care; Andrea Maddox-Smith, senior vice president at the American Diabetes Association; and Kathy Rogers, executive director of the American Diabetes Association Maryland pose for a picture after the CEOs Stopping Diabetes panel discussion.

First year of CEOs Stopping Diabetes program celebrated

The American Diabetes Association – Maryland and the Greater Baltimore Committee recently held a breakfast to announce the results of the first year of CEOs Stopping Diabetes, an initiative meant to curb the incidence of diabetes and other chronic diseases in Maryland by inspiring senior leadership to actively support, implement, promote and participate in workplace health programs and benefits in order to directly impact employee involvement.

Brian Rogers, chairman at T. Rowe Price, shares his story about getting involved with the CEOs Stopping Diabetes initiative, underscoring employee wellness and his own family history of diabetes as the motivators.

Brian Rogers, chairman at T. Rowe Price, shares his story about getting involved with the CEOs Stopping Diabetes initiative, underscoring employee wellness and his own family history of diabetes as the motivators.

Six Maryland business leaders participated in the inaugural year of the program and attended the breakfast to announce the results of their companies’ programs and discuss the importance of encouraging healthy living in the workplace: Brian Rogers, chairman of T. Rowe Price; Carmel Roques, CEO of Keswick Multi-Care Center; Charlie Monk, managing partner at Saul Ewing; Christopher Brandt, CEO of Audacious Inquiry; Sam Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System; and Albert “Skip” Counselman, CEO of RCM&D. 80 area business leaders attended the event.

“With chronic diseases expecting to rise dramatically by the year 2050, it’s important to find new ways to inspire a culture of healthy living,” says Kathy Rogers, executive director of ADA Maryland. “Our event brought together health-conscious business leaders who are committed to doing just that by implementing unique programs and discussing ways to further promote change. We’re pleased with the results of the initiative and are looking forward to new successes next year.”

Vince Ancona, CEO (Maryland), Amerigroup and Michelle Gourdine, American Diabetes Association Board president, discuss the success of the inaugural year of CEOs Stopping Diabetes.

Vince Ancona, CEO (Maryland), Amerigroup and Michelle Gourdine, American Diabetes Association Board president, discuss the success of the inaugural year of CEOs Stopping Diabetes.

From left to right, Dr. Sam Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, and Dr. Marcella Copes, president and CEO at MTB & Associates pose at the ADA’s CEOs Stopping Diabetes Event. Ross, one of the six CEOs who participated in the initiative shared the importance of friendly competition and healthy cafeteria options to help fuel workplace wellness.

From left to right, Dr. Sam Ross, CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, and Dr. Marcella Copes, president and CEO at MTB & Associates pose at the ADA’s CEOs Stopping Diabetes Event. Ross, one of the six CEOs who participated in the initiative shared the importance of friendly competition and healthy cafeteria options to help fuel workplace wellness.