Employers can help millennials deal with financial stress | Grocery chain offers suite of benefits to part-timers | Chicago-area retail centers add gyms to draw health-conscious shoppers
June 11, 2018
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Employers can help millennials deal with financial stress
Employers can help millennials deal with financial stress by offering retirement savings and other financial wellness products and educating their millennial employees about the importance of maximizing benefits, writes Manisha Thakor, vice president of financial education at Brighton Jones. Employers should encourage their millennial employees to live within their means and to learn about financial matters, Thakor writes.
Employee Benefit Adviser (free registration) (6/8) 
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Grocery chain offers suite of benefits to part-timers
Supermarket chain Hy-Vee is offering voluntary benefits -- including health, dental, vision, disability, life, accident, critical illness hospital indemnity, homeowners, renters and pet insurance as well as banking and investment services -- to its 65,000 part-time employees through a privately run exchange that includes guidance and a cost calculator. Offering voluntary benefits can be "icing on the cake" that differentiates one employer from another in a tight labor market, says retail industry consultant Paul Adams.
Employee Benefit News (free registration) (6/8) 
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Chicago-area retail centers add gyms to draw health-conscious shoppers
About a dozen fitness centers have entered Chicago-area retail centers in each of the past five years, a trend meant to attract health-conscious shoppers. Making shopping centers into "self-care precinct[s]" is helping to bring new types of shoppers to the properties.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (6/7) 
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Other News
Small tweaks make leg exercises less painful to cranky knees
Many people with chronic knee pain stop exercising, but inactivity and weak muscles around the knee can actually exacerbate the pain, experts say. They say small modifications can make squats, lunges, step-ups and lateral band walks less painful without reducing the exercises' effectiveness.
U.S. News & World Report (6/8) 
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Health News & Research
Study shows healthy diets could have big economic impact
If 20% more Americans stuck to a healthy diet, the nation would save more than $20 billion in direct and indirect costs associated with heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, hip fracture, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions, according to a study scheduled to be presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting. The study indicates that educating Americans on how to improve their diet quality would be financially worthwhile, said lead author Carolyn Scrafford.
HealthDay News (6/11) 
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Link between dietary sodium, hypertension may originate in the gut
Consuming too much salt may increase the risk of disease by killing Lactobacillus in the digestive tract, according to a study presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference. The researchers said a high-salt diet may kill other beneficial bacteria as well and suggested that probiotics might be useful in treating hypertension, but that more research is needed.
Medical News Today (6/10) 
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Schools & Community
N.Y. awards $43.8M to cancer prevention efforts
The state of New York will award more than $43.8 million over the next five years to participants in the New York State Cancer Services Program for free screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer for uninsured, underinsured and low-income residents.
WHEC-TV (Rochester, N.Y.) (6/6) 
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Ala. starts ignition on mobile meal program
Ala. starts ignition on mobile meal program
Students in an Alabama school district will receive free meal deliveries this summer on a retrofitted school bus. Officials say the Nutrition Ignition program began after they realized some students were walking several miles to get to a meal site over the summer.
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala.) (6/7) 
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