Flu shot clinics can be important part of wellness plan | Startup creates dashboard, content for rejuvenating employee breaks | Combined training best for weight loss in obese teens
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September 23, 2014
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Flu shot clinics can be important part of wellness plan
Flu vaccinations can be an important part of employee wellness programs, helping companies reduce absenteeism during flu season. Health insurers and other groups can help employers find medical staff to conduct flu vaccination clinics and provide educational materials. The Tahoe Daily Tribune (Calif.) (9/22)
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Startup creates dashboard, content for rejuvenating employee breaks
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Upjoy offers companies online content aimed at recharging employees during break times. Developed by psychologists, the program is designed to put employees in a better mood so they return to their work happier and more productive. BenefitsPro.com (9/19)
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Combined training best for weight loss in obese teens
Obese teens who performed aerobic exercise as well as resistance training lost more inches of waist size than those who did aerobics alone or resistance alone, according to a study on the website of JAMA Pediatrics. The combined training was also associated with greater reduction in body fat compared with just aerobic exercises. DailyRx.com (9/22)
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Most features in wearables align with professional recommendations
A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research says most features available in wearable activity monitors correspond with professional medical recommendations in promoting physical activity. However, some evidence-based strategies in boosting exercise -- such as action planning, tutorials and commitment -- were not present in the monitors examined. Medical News Today (9/20)
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Health News & Research
CDC: Enterovirus-D68 spreads to 22 states
CDC data showed enterovirus-D68 now is found in 22 states, from coast to coast, but has not caused any deaths. The CDC said the U.S. public health infrastructure has done a good job handling the outbreak. Medscape (free registration) (9/22)
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Pediatric group updates flu vaccination recommendations
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children ages 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu. Its updated recommendations, published online in the journal Pediatrics, say the nasal spray flu vaccine may be more effective for children ages 2 to 8, and children ages 6 months to 8 years may require two vaccine doses for full protection. HealthDay News (9/22)
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Study links healthy lifestyles to reduced heart attack risk in men
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says practicing five healthy behaviors, including exercising and drinking moderately, could save 4 in 5 middle-aged and older men from possible heart attacks. Compared with overweight patients and those who ate poorly, exercised little, drank too much alcohol and smoked, participants who followed the recommended health behaviors were 86% less likely to experience heart attacks. HealthDay News (9/22)
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Lower prices for high-calorie foods prompt consumers to buy more
Consumers were more likely to purchase high-calorie foods including grain-based snacks, sweets and fizzy drinks if they were on sale, CDC researchers found. However, price reductions did not lead to increased purchase of low-calorie foods. The study was published in Preventing Chronic Disease. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (9/19)
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Schools & Community
Calif. school's food bank serves families in need
The food bank program at Fresno High School in California has entered its second year of serving families in need. Its partnership with a Fresno food bank allows it to buy discounted food on the morning it is distributed to the recipients, which include homeless students and out-of-work parents. The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (9/19)
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Wellness Industry Developments
Creating life-long customers -- webinars and forum
At AHIP's Consumer Experience Forum, Nov. 19 and 20 in Phoenix, Ariz., develop and refine methods to engage the health care consumer and create customers for life. Register for the forum and receive four free webinars covering special topics like utilizing digital channels, implementing experience design, customer segmentation and more. The next webinar will be held on Oct. 22, so register today!
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe confirmed as keynote
At AHIP's State Health Issues Conference, Oct. 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C., don't miss the opportunity to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe share his experience working in Virginia's health care system. Save your seat!
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