Port of Portland uses wellness to reduce impact of "Cadillac tax" | Study: Lack of control can hurt employee health | Workouts should balance movement quality, quantity, trainer says
 
August 27, 2015
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Port of Portland uses wellness to reduce impact of "Cadillac tax"
Just over a quarter of employers offer health care packages that would trigger the so-called "Cadillac tax," which is set to take effect in 2018 under the Affordable Care Act, the Kaiser Family Foundation says. The Port of Portland in Oregon reduced a potential $1 million liability to $156,000 by making plan changes and promoting its wellness programs, which have helped employees lose almost 1 ton of weight over four years. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/25), American City Business Journals/Portland, Ore. (8/26)
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Study: Lack of control can hurt employee health
Employees who have difficult jobs and little control over their work tasks are four times as likely to die from heart disease, according to a recent study. Such workers are also twice as likely to be depressed. Surprisingly, the key to reducing these effects may have to do with increasing the control employees feel over their work, writes Jan Bruce. Fortune (8/25)
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Workouts should balance movement quality, quantity, trainer says
High-intensity workouts can help people burn more calories but they also increase stress on joints and muscles, which could raise the risk of injury and set-back, says registered dietitian and trainer Jason Machowsky. He said workouts should include both movement quality, which is improving exercise technique, and movement quantity, which is adding weight or intensity to burn more calories and increase strength. Food & Nutrition Magazine online (8/27)
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Use of low-dose aspirin, NSAIDs linked to reduced colon cancer risk
People who regularly took low-dose aspirin for five years or more had a 27% lower risk of colon cancer, while those taking other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduced their risk from 30% to 45%, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The drugs were used on a regular basis for years before any cancer prevention benefits were attained, said Dr. John Baron of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "For aspirin, you would have to take it fairly consistently, meaning at least every other day, for at least five to 10 years for the protective effect to even begin to appear," said Baron, co-author of the study. HealthDay News (8/24)
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Multiple sclerosis risk tied to vitamin D levels, study finds
A study published in PLOS Medicine found that people with vitamin D deficiency may have twice the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Raising a person's vitamin D levels by 1.5 times may lower their odds of having MS by 50%, the researchers predicted. They also said people with a family history of MS should monitor their vitamin D levels. United Press International (8/26)
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Gay teen boys less likely to get HIV testing, study finds
Only 1 in 5 of more than 300 U.S. gay and bisexual male teens between the ages of 14 and 18 had been tested for HIV, a lower rate compared with older gay males, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The researchers said in-school testing would improve access and reduce the stigma associated with testing. HealthDay News (8/26)
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Studies fail to show exercise, supplements help elderly cognition
Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found exercise did not improve cognition or reduce the risk of dementia among elderly patients, and fish oil and supplements of lutein and zeaxanthin also had no effect on mental function. HealthDay News (8/25)
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USDA: 13.5 million students in breakfast program in 2014
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An average of 13.5 million US students participated daily in the USDA's School Breakfast Program in 2014, with more than 10 million getting the meal for free. The USDA noted in a blog post that as breakfast program funding has increased over the years -- and schools were able to get grants for startup costs -- the number of participating schools has increased. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (8/26)
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Menominee Nation's community gardens increase access to fresh produce
The College of the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin worked with the Sustainable Development Institute to develop three free community gardens to help increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables among tribal members. The Menominee Nation's reservation, with only one grocery store, is considered a food desert and some tribal members cannot afford to buy produce. WBAY-TV (Green Bay, Wis.) (8/26)
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