Dr. Hagen is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He is vice-chair of the Division of Preventive and Occupational Medicine at Mayo Clinic and a consultant in the area of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine. Dr. Hagen is the medical director of Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth, the editor-in-chief of the “Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth Guide to Self-Care” book, and the chair of the EmbodyHealth Editorial Board.
Dr. Hagen believes Web and telephonic programs, such as those available through EmbodyHealth and LiveWell, are helpful in focusing on behavioral issues, while also creating metrics for both the individual and the organization to track change. He understands that some individuals prefer to work on their own - with self-directed programs while others like to be a part of a larger group support setting or work one-on-one with a counselor. “Incentives are effective in engaging more people in weight management programs,” says Dr. Hagen. EmbodyHealth, LiveWell and the DAHLC provide all the components to help Mayo employees and their dependents live healthily.