POSTED: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 9:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 3:43pm
We told you about University Medical Center's new policy that won't allow smokers to be hired. It's a move UMC says would promote healthy lifestyles of its employees. But according to the CDC, obesity is a bigger health risk factor than smoking. We asked UMC's C.E.O., Jim Valenti, if its new policy on a healthy living would extend to obese applicants.
"We're not at this time at all. Now obesity is a huge problem for the United States. It's also a huge problem for El Paso because we have diabetes and obesity issues from our children all the way through adult life," said Valenti.
Valenti says no current employees who smoke would be affected by the policy but they will provide a class to help them quit smoking.