Experts: Companies need policies on paid exercise time | CBRE in Toronto bans employees from eating at their desks | Nev. casino owner to open employee clinic
May 26, 2017
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Experts: Companies need policies on paid exercise time
It is easy for companies to allow exempt employees to take time during the work day to exercise because they can make it up by staying late or coming in early. But legal experts say providing paid exercise time for hourly employees is more complex, and companies need a policy that covers how the benefit is implemented.
SHRM Online (5/23) 
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CBRE in Toronto bans employees from eating at their desks
CBRE has banned employees from eating at their desks in their downtown Toronto office in an effort to promote better physical and mental well-being. The company opened the RISE Cafe, a wide open space for eating, and Ashley O'Neill, vice president of corporate strategy, said after eight months employees have embraced the change and are taking time to gather for meals and share ideas.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (5/26) 
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Other News
Study: Fitness trackers have high error rates for calorie burn
A study in the Journal of Personalized Medicine showed six of seven wearable tracking devices tested had a median heart rate error below 5%, which is the acceptable limit, but none had an error rate less than 20% for energy expenditure. Researchers suggested the higher error rates for energy expenditure may be because proprietary algorithms used in the devices do not work well on an individual basis.
Medscape (free registration) (5/25) 
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Health News & Research
CDC reports sharp increase in Alzheimer's deaths in the US
CDC researchers found that Alzheimer's disease mortality rates in the US rose by 54.5% between 1999 and 2014. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that the rates of Alzheimer's patients who died in medical facilities dropped from 14.7% in 1999 to 6.6% in 2014, and the rate of those who died at home rose from 13.9% to 24.9% during the same period.
Reuters (5/25),  CBS News (5/25),  NBC News (5/26) 
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CDC reports on global teen smoking prevalence
CDC reports on global teen smoking prevalence
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CDC researchers found a median of 11% of adolescents around the world smoked tobacco products, with a higher prevalence among boys than girls in 38 countries. The findings, reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and based on 2012 to 2015 Global Youth Tobacco Survey data involving youths ages 13 to 15 in 61 countries, also showed that 50% of current tobacco users in 40 countries said they wanted to quit smoking.
MedPage Today (free registration) (5/25) 
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Sleep apnea raises risk of complications during pregnancy
Data on more than 1.5 million pregnant women found those with sleep apnea had a higher risk of prepregnancy and pregnancy complications, including heart failure, hysterectomy, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, compared with those who did not have sleep apnea. Researchers told the American Thoracic Society's annual meeting that pregnant women with sleep apnea also were more likely to have longer hospital stays and admission to the ICU.
HealthDay News (5/22) 
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Review finds no support for dietary tactics for pediatric ASD
Researchers reviewed 19 clinical trials and found insufficient evidence supporting the efficacy of dietary approaches such as gluten-free food or fish oil supplements for treating children with autism spectrum disorders. The findings in Pediatrics should prompt larger and more rigorous studies on the benefits of such diet changes in youths with ASD, said researcher Zachary Warren.
HealthDay News (5/25) 
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Schools & Community
US colleges to spend summer working on healthier meals
More than 40 US colleges and universities will participate in the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, working to reduce purchases of red meat and increase fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein dishes by the end of this summer. The schools also will use their dining halls as labs, experimenting with ways to help students make healthy, sustainable food choices.
Business Insider (5/25) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
What can we learn from non-health care industries?
You'd be surprised! During AHIP's Institute & Expo, June 7 through 9 in Austin, Whole Foods Market Co-Founder and CEO John Mackey will discuss "The Battle for the Heart and Mind of the Health Care Consumer: Lessons Learned from Other Industries." Information that can help your organization make health care better, more affordable, and more sustainable. Register today and save.
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Must-Attend Webinars. Register today
June 21, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET, "Managing Consumer Data for Mitigating Compliance and Fraud Risk" shares best practices for managing identity data when contacting consumers through various communications. June 22, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET, "The Importance of Encounter Data in Managed Care" uncovers how encounter data throughput and quality impacts financial and operational managed care successes.
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Knowledge is power for health care consumers
By giving health care consumers the information, education, and support they need, they can confidently and actively manage their physical health and financial well-being. Learn more on the blog.
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