Business group develops model for financial wellness programs | Wellness program helps N.C. county employees get healthier | Short bouts of high-intensity activity may improve teens' health
 
June 23, 2015
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Business group develops model for financial wellness programs
A group of companies tasked with developing a financial wellness model came up with six recommendations, beginning with understanding employee financial stressors and priorities at work and at home. The group offered suggestions for overcoming challenges and said companies should define financial wellness for their organization, build a business case for providing the benefits, look at best practices and select options that fit their workplace. BenefitsPro.com (6/22)
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Wellness program helps N.C. county employees get healthier
Many Onslow County, N.C., employees improved their health from 2012 to 2014 and the group's obesity rate dropped from 51% to 48% thanks to wellness efforts. The county uses the Accountability-Improvement-Measure Program and incentives to encourage healthy lifestyle changes and track results. It has saved $250,000 in insurance costs this fiscal year partly due to wellness efforts. The Daily News (Jacksonville, N.C.) (6/22)
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Short bouts of high-intensity activity may improve teens' health
Teenagers who engaged in several brief periods of high-intensity exercise daily had increased fat metabolism and reduced blood glucose and systolic blood pressure, compared with the same intervals of moderate intensity exercises, according to a small study in the journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental. Medical News Today (6/22)
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Study: Nearly 68M Americans are obese, 65M overweight
Researchers found that almost 35% of men and 37% of women, or nearly 32 million men and 36 million women, in the U.S. are obese. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, also found that another 40% of men and 30% of women, or over 36 million and almost 29 million men and women, respectively, are classified as overweight. Experts note that obesity, a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, is one of the biggest factors that will contribute to a shorter life expectancy for this generation. HealthDay News (6/22)
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Report shows increase in households with connected health tools
A Parks Associates report showed connected health devices are found in 29% of U.S. households with broadband, up from 27% in 2014, and Web-based health tools are used by more than half of broadband households to view personal health information, ask for prescription refills and contact their physicians. Health Data Management (6/19)
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Certain meds can cause dehydration, other problems in hot weather, experts warn
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A study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics found that commonly used medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and diuretics, may elevate risk of heat-related illnesses and dehydration this time of year. Certain medications may lead to dehydration by way of cognitive impairment, decreased thirst recognition, low blood pressure, reduced cardiac output and more. Anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and opioids may increase the likelihood of heat-related illnesses. Researchers recommend conducting a patient and medication review to identify possible thermoregulatory issues. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (6/19)
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Research finds inadequate quality of osteoarthritis care
A report in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice that analyzed data from 14 studies found the quality of osteoarthritis care was inadequate across treatment domains. "Despite efforts made at improving care for patients with osteoarthritis, the wide divergence between evidence and consensus-based recommended care and practice has been reaffirmed," Australian researchers wrote. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (6/19)
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School districts innovate to expand summer meal programs
Nationwide, only about 18% of students who participate in the school lunch program also participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program. Some districts are seeking to increase participation by launching mobile meal programs, adding locations and including activities to attract more children. CNNMoney (6/22)
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Community gardens address food insecurity in Wash. state
The tri-cities area of Southeast Washington state added 13 new community gardens this year, bringing the total to 34. Some of the gardens were developed by churches and residents to address issues of local food insecurity in low-income areas. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (6/21)
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