Playful mindsets help employees stay happy, reduce stress | Companies prepare for climate disruption with "weather leave" | Survey highlights employee views on wellness plans
November 17, 2017
AHIP Wellness SmartBrief
Wellness Programs & Trends
Playful mindsets help employees stay happy, reduce stress
Playful mindsets are more important contributors to employee wellness than colorful offices or carefully selected artwork on the walls, explains scholar and author Brian Sutton-Smith. It's most important to provide employees with spaces where they can relax or be playful, according to Curiosity China co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Alexis Bonhomme.
Forbes (11/16) 
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Companies prepare for climate disruption with "weather leave"
Workplaces in areas exposed to severe weather risks are introducing new ways to manage disruption, including creating "climate leave" days for extreme weather events such as hurricanes and floods. Julie Norville of Aon Hewitt said people need time to care for themselves and their families and this type of leave is part of that theme.
Bloomberg (free registration) (11/14) 
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Researcher: Aerobics may be maintenance program for the brain
A study in the journal NeuroImage found aerobic exercise increased the left side of the hippocampus in the brain, an area involved in memory function and verbal learning. Lead author Joseph Firth said the data suggest aerobic exercise is a maintenance program for the brain, slowing cognitive decline related to aging that comes from a decrease in the side of the left hippocampus.
Medical News Today (11/16) 
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Health News & Research
FDA warns against using botanical kratom
An FDA public health advisory warns people not to use the botanical kratom, which has opioid properties, is addictive and has been tied to 36 deaths. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said the agency is working to prevent shipments of kratom, which is touted as a treatment for pain, anxiety, depression and opioid withdrawal, from entering the US.
Medscape (free registration) (11/14) 
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CDC says most people do not eat enough fruits, veggies
CDC says most people do not eat enough fruits, veggies
A CDC report found 9% of US adults eat enough vegetables each day and 12% get enough fruit, while 10% consume more fruits and vegetables than recommended in the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. The study, in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found men were less likely than women to meet recommendations.
HealthDay News (11/16) 
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Study links traumatic events to higher obesity risks
Middle-age and older women who had more than one traumatic life event had an 11% higher risk of obesity than women who did not have any events, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting. Women who experienced four or more negative events over five years had a 36% higher risk of obesity.
Cardiovascular Business online (11/15) 
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Maternal air pollution exposure in pregnancy influences infant weight gain
Researchers tied every one standard deviation increase in maternal nonfreeway nitrogen oxide exposure during pregnancy to 33% higher leptin levels, 9% increased high-molecular-weight adiponectin levels and 23% higher leptin-to-HMW adiponectin ratios in their infants' cord blood. The findings in Pediatric Obesity also showed that infants gained 0.21 kg and 0.18 kg between ages 1 month and 6 months for every one SD increase in cord blood leptin and leptin-to-HMW adiponectin ratio, respectively, with girls having more significant weight gain than boys.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (11/16) 
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Schools & Community
Farm-to-school program encourages healthy eating
Students at an Oklahoma elementary school are learning about healthy eating through a farm-to-school program. Students recently worked with lettuce during a "Lettuce Make A Salad" exercise.
KJRH-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (11/15) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Expert insights into operational changes
During AHIP's National Conference on the Individual and Small-Group Markets, March 8 through 9 in Washington, D.C., you'll come away with expert guidance from policymakers, thought leaders, and industry stakeholders on the key policy and operational changes that will affect products and planning for 2019. Sign up today to take advantage of early registration discounts.
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Take it all in. Earn your LTCP designation.
During Long-Term Care Awareness Month, raise your status with the Long-Term Care Professional designation. Earn your LTCP designation by completing four courses that explain how to spot a need for long-term care insurance and market it, the features of LTCI products, how LTCI can and cannot be financed, and more. Get started on the path today.
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Are you age 35 or under? Work in health insurance or a related field? The #AHIPYoungPro Network gives you the information, tools, contacts, and strategies that can shape your career. Participate in professional development programs, meet-ups with other young professionals, idea sharing at live events, and more. Impressive member-only discounts, too! Get all the details and join here.
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