Johns Hopkins creates cancer wellness benefit for employees | Personal trainer says wellness plans reduce costs, boost productivity | Moderate exercise may lower mortality risks in older men
May 15, 2015
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Johns Hopkins creates cancer wellness benefit for employees
Johns Hopkins Medicine created a Managing Cancer at Work wellness program for companies to use to help employees learn about reducing cancer risks, treatment options and how to care for a relative with cancer. Hopkins will offer the benefit free of charge to its own employees this year. American City Business Journals/Baltimore (5/13)
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Personal trainer says wellness plans reduce costs, boost productivity
Companies should invest in wellness programs to reduce health costs and improve productivity, personal trainer Reid McLean told the Business First's Healthiest Employers awards luncheon. He said exercise and diet boost energy, allowing workers to be more productive and think more clearly. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (5/14)
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Feedback Requested on an Employee Healthy Restaurant Dining Initiative
$50 Amazon card in exchange for your feedback on materials (posters, etc.) designed to introduce employees to a healthy restaurant dining worksite wellness campaign. Feedback requested from worksite wellness directors and HR & health insurance execs involved with worksite wellness. We invite you to complete a brief eligibility survey here.
Moderate exercise may lower mortality risks in older men
An exercise study that included almost 6,000 older men in Norway linked 30 minutes of moderate activity six days a week to a 40% lower risk of death, researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Data showed men who were sedentary in their 40s on average lived about five fewer years than those who were the most active. HealthDay News (5/14)
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Kan. county's parks offer alternatives to gym workouts
Some parks in Johnson County, Kan., offer outdoor alternatives to gyms. Paddleboats and paddle boards are available at Shawnee Mission Park, while other parks offer fitness stations along running and walking trails. KCTV-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (5/14)
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Today's knowledge-hungry consumers often know as much about a product as the people trying to sell it. So what's your sales edge? Learning to build stronger relationships with your clients. Read the featured article.

Health News & Research
Study: Prolonged depression may raise stroke risk in older adults
A new study suggests prolonged depression raises the risk of strokes in people older than 50, even when depression symptoms have eased. Study participants with high symptoms of depression for four straight years had approximately 114% higher risk of stroke. "If our findings are replicated, they suggest depressive symptoms merit prompt attention soon after they begin, before they have time to substantially impact stroke risk," study author Paola Gilsanz said. (5/13), National Public Radio (5/14)
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Voluntary label for nonbiotech foods created by USDA
A voluntary government label certifying foods without biotech ingredients has been developed by the Department of Agriculture. Foods that are certified will bear a "USDA Process Verified" label and a claim that the product does not contain biotech ingredients. The certification was requested by a "leading global company," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. ABC News/The Associated Press (5/14)
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Parents can pass on their anxieties to children, study finds
Researchers found that parents and children can influence each others' anxious tendencies. The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, revealed that living together, "negative parenting behaviors" and a child's adoption of a parent's fears or worries are some of the ways that anxiety can be passed on in families. Quartz (5/12)
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Schools & Community
Fla. county looks at food policies as part of Blue Zones Project
NCH Healthcare Systems should remove all sugar-sweetened drinks from hospital campuses as part of the Blue Zones Project in Collier County, Fla., system President Dr. Allen Weiss said. Other suggestions from the workshop at which Weiss spoke included creating a food-policy council and setting nutrition standards for foods served or sold in government buildings and vending machines. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (5/15)
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Ga. districts, organizations partner for summer meal service
Some Georgia school districts will work with community organizations to provide meals to students during the summer. Officials say many students rely on school meals, and programs will work to make the process seamless when the school year ends. Plans include serving some meals via a bus stopping at churches, community centers and other locations. Athens Banner-Herald (Ga.) (5/14)
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Wellness Industry Developments
Webinar on engaging consumers in asthma care
In partnership with the U.S. EPA, AHIP will host the second in a series of webinars on May 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT to discuss effective strategies for collaborating with providers and communities to engage consumers in monitoring and taking control of their asthma. Register today.
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Disability Insurance Awareness Month
In recognition of Disability Insurance Awareness Month, AHIP is emphasizing that for millions of workers and their families, disability income insurance offers crucial protections and support when they need it most. More on the AHIP Coverage Blog.
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