Survey: 36% of employers to add wellness programs in 2015 | Ark. county uses wellness plan to keep health costs down | Heart patients may see mental health benefits from home exercise
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November 20, 2014
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Wellness Programs & Trends
Survey: 36% of employers to add wellness programs in 2015
An employer survey found just 1% plan to eliminate employee health benefits next year and almost 36% expected to add wellness programs. The report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management said more wellness plans include rewards and penalties, and employers may be emphasizing wellness because it can affect risks and behaviors linked to chronic health conditions that account for a big percentage of medical costs. BenefitsPro.com (11/19)
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Ark. county uses wellness plan to keep health costs down
Baxter County in Arkansas is implementing a wellness program for employees to reduce costs and allow it to keep providing health coverage at no cost to workers. The program is voluntary but requires employees who participate to have a wellness exam. Employees who choose not to participate would have to pay any increases in insurance costs, which at least one county official says may not be legal. The Baxter Bulletin (Mountain Home, Ark.) (11/18)
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Fitness
Heart patients may see mental health benefits from home exercise
A study says adults with coronary heart disease who walked or bicycled at home at least three times per week had a 12% reduction in feelings of hopelessness. Researchers told the American Heart Association's annual meeting that exercises done in a hospital setting did not improve feelings of hopelessness. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Health News & Research
CDC: U.S. shows lower infant death rates
A CDC report showed a 4% decrease in U.S. infant death rates between 2006 and 2011, with the largest decline seen among black women at 8%. However, researchers found the fetal death rate has remained steady from 2006 through 2012. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Poor parental habits may affect children's health
Children whose parents had high levels of screen time also spent more hours in front of a TV or computer, but children who walked more had lower screen time and increased sleep, a study says. Boys had an increased risk of obesity if their fathers were obese, while girls had an increased risk if either parent was obese, researchers reported at the American Heart Association meeting. DailyRx.com (11/19)
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Study links mother's BMI, later heart risk for children
Adult children of mothers who were overweight or obese had up to a 90% higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke compared with peers born to mothers who were not overweight or obese, a study indicated. The results were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. DailyRx.com (11/18)
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Study: Trans fats linked to reduced scores in memory test
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association found that trans fats were associated with reduced ability to recall words in a memory exam for young and middle-aged men. Men whose diets had the highest level of trans fats had up to 10% worse recall. HealthDay News (11/18)
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Study: Eating home-cooked meals lowers calorie, sugar, fat intake
People who consumed the most home-cooked meals showed healthier eating habits and lower calorie, sugar and fat intake than people who ate in restaurants more often, a study in Public Health Nutrition says. Another study says nearly 60% of young students put vegetables on their lunch trays, but only 24% ate them. Both studies were presented at the American Public Health Association meeting. HealthDay News (11/17)
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Schools & Community
N.Y. sets nutrition, exercise rules for day care centers
New York state implemented new regulations this week requiring licensed day care centers to provide low-fat milk, water or 100% juice to children as a way to help prevent obesity. The new rules, which take affect next year, will also require daily physical activity for children, limit screen time and regulate other day care center procedures. The Associated Press (11/19)
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Wellness Industry Developments
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AHIP PPO Direct -- Growing business opportunities
PPO Direct brings AHIP's PPO network members exposure to an audience of potential payers and administrators looking to expand their provider network. Preferred One, based in the upper Midwest and a member of PPO Direct, is a network of physicians, clinics, hospitals and other health care providers who deliver quality, cost-effective health care services. Learn more about AHIP's Direct programs.
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