More companies paying employees to participate in financial wellness programs | Company creates inclusive, comprehensive wellness program | Cancer patients benefit from physical activity during therapy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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