More companies paying employees to participate in financial wellness programs | Company creates inclusive, comprehensive wellness program | Cancer patients benefit from physical activity during therapy
February 20, 2018
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Wellness Programs & Trends
More companies paying employees to participate in financial wellness programs
More companies are offering employees financial incentives, including cash and student loan payment matching, to reduce stress and to encourage them to participate in financial wellness programs. An International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans survey found that 17% of companies offering financial wellness programs had incentives in 2016, up from 10.7% in 2014.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/19) 
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Company creates inclusive, comprehensive wellness program
Pharos Systems has a wellness committee that works to come up with initiatives that are comprehensive and inclusive. Executive administrator Susy Bordin said the programs cover everything from emotional and spiritual wellness to financial education and fun events, such as bringing in a tea master and olive oil expert.
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska) (2/16) 
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Cancer patients benefit from physical activity during therapy
Patients with breast or colon cancer who participated in a supervised exercise intervention while undergoing treatment were more likely to be physically active after therapy ended, compared with patients receiving usual care, researchers reported at the Cancer Survivorship Symposium Advancing Care and Research. The study found participating in an exercise program during cancer treatment also may reduce long- and short-term fatigue.
Medscape (free registration) (2/19) 
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Health News & Research
Study IDs risk factors tied to sudden cardiac arrest in younger patients
Researchers found that diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking may play a larger role than thought in sudden cardiac arrest among young people ages 5 to 34. The findings in the journal Circulation, based on almost 3,800 cases of sudden cardiac arrest deaths among patients in Oregon, cited the importance of screening children and adolescents for these risk factors.
HealthDay News (2/19) 
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Unintentional infant suffocation deaths increasing in the US
The rate of US babies younger than age 1 year who died from unintentional suffocation rose from 12.4 per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 28.3 per 100,000 in 2015, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers also found that the increase was primarily driven by the growing prevalence of infant suffocations and strangulations in bed but said some of the increase may be due to improved diagnosis.
Reuters (2/19),  MedPage Today (free registration) (2/19) 
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Study links childhood obesity rates to parents' education, income
Research published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed lower overall childhood obesity rates in households where parents had a college education, compared with households where parents had less education. Researchers said the link between child obesity rates and income differed by race and gender.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (2/19) 
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Survey: Many parents lack guidance on when pediatric dental care should start
More than 50% of parents didn't receive guidance from health care providers on when their children should begin receiving dental care, according to a national poll by the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of 790 parents of youths ages 5 and younger. The findings also showed that children's young age was the most common reason cited by parents for delaying a first pediatric dentist visit.
HealthDay News (2/19) 
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Schools & Community
Va. hospital, institute join to launch farm-to-table project
Augusta Health and Allegheny Mountain Institute in Virginia are developing a farm-to-table project that will include a greenhouse and land for growing fresh fruits and vegetables. The hospital will use 8,000 pounds of food in patient meals, the cafeteria system and catering, while also creating a food pharmacy program for diabetes patients.
WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.) (2/19) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Can data, technology and collaboration transform care delivery?
At AHIP's National Health Policy Conference, experts will share insights from the front lines of the health care transformation. Join the conversation with Donald H. Crane (America's Physician Groups), Dr. Kavita Patel (Brookings Institute and Johns Hopkins), and Dr. Reed V. Tuckson (Tuckson Health Connections). Register now for March 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C. #AHIPPolicy
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New disability course. Use it toward a designation.
Introducing Enhancing Group LTD with Individual Disability Income Policies. AHIP's newest online course brings you closer to earning your Disability Income Fellow by providing a deeper understanding of group and individual plans, their pros/cons, and more. See how this new elective complements other DIF courses to help you stand out, get noticed, and achieve your goals.
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AHIP's IT Directory makes fast work of finding the business and IT solutions you need. This curated digital guide connects you to thousands of health care solution providers. Searching is easy, too. Simply use the dropdown menu to narrow for such specialties as IT infrastructure, core payer systems, analytics, or value-based care, then click to connect! Experience it here.
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