By Vallery Brown Modified: August 2, 2008 at 10:32 am •  Published: August 1, 2008
Diabetes cost Oklahomans nearly $2 billion in 2006, including $595 million in lost productivity, business leaders were told during a seminar Thursday on diabetes in the workplace.

More than 100 company presidents, officers and human resource directors who gathered at the Oklahoma History Center heard about how the disease affects companies' bottom lines.

University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops, who gave the keynote address, said he strives for a healthy, active work environment where nutrition, exercise and health screenings are keys to team well-being and success.

"My job as a leader is to promote a healthy work environment,” Stoops said.

Stoops' speech focused on the importance of leading by example and demanding healthful behaviors such as daily exercise, eating in moderation and testing glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

About the program
The American Diabetes Association's "Winning at Work: Detecting, Preventing and Managing Diabetes for a Healthy Workplace” program can be used by companies to educate their employees about the prevention, detection and maintenance of diabetes.

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OU football coach Bob Stoops talks Thursday at the American Diabetes Association breakfast at the Oklahoma History Center. By doug hoke, THE OKLAHOMAN

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