Technology can help boost employee well-being, CEO says | Affordable employee perks for small businesses | Some sports tied to lower risk of death, study finds
November 30, 2016
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Technology can help boost employee well-being, CEO says
Investing in employee health and well-bring leads to a happier, more productive workforce and a stronger bottom-line, writes Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce. Well-being technology can help employees understand their health risks, make behavior changes, easily track their progress and stay motivated, Boyce says.
Employee Benefit Adviser (11/29) 
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Affordable employee perks for small businesses
Perks are a big deal at big businesses, but there are ways their smaller counterparts can compete to keep employees happy without straining their budgets. Consider offering wellness programs, flexible hours or transportation benefits, writes Nick Worswick of Seamless Corporate Accounts.
Fortune (11/26) 
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Some sports tied to lower risk of death, study finds
Certain sports tied to lower risk of death, study finds
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Racquet sports were associated with a 47% lower risk of death, cycling with a 15% lower risk, swimming a 28% lower risk and dance aerobics a 27% lower risk, compared with no form of physical activity, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. UK researchers found that adults who engaged in racquet sports, aerobics and swimming also had a lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke than those who didn't participate in any of these sports.
Reuters (11/30) 
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Health News & Research
Risk factors in mid-life linked to future heart failure risk
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure found that people who reach 45 to 55 years of age without developing hypertension, diabetes or obesity have as much as an 86% reduced risk of heart failure in their lifetime. Researchers examined data from participants in the Framingham Heart Study and several other studies, and noted that data was not adjusted for risk factor changes before age 45 or after age 55. (11/29) 
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Resilient, low-income black youths more likely to have diabetes in adulthood
Low-income, high-striving black adolescents had increased odds of finishing their college education and earning higher incomes than those who were less determined, but had more than twice the likelihood of developing diabetes by age 29, compared with high-achieving black peers from high-income families, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings didn't show an increased diabetes risk among low-income, high-striving white teens.
Reuters (11/28) 
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Study shows 8-fold higher heart attack risk among young smokers
A UK study in the journal Heart found adults under age 50 who smoke had an almost 8.5 times higher risk of heart attack than their peers who used to smoke or never smoked. The findings, based on data for 1,727 individuals treated for ST-elevated myocardial infarction, also showed smokers aged 50 to 65 had a five times increased risk of heart attack and those older than 65 had a three times higher risk compared with nonsmokers and former smokers their age.
HealthDay News (11/30),  Reuters (11/29) 
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Researchers find nutrition labeling may not affect food choices
Less than 8% of fast-food eaters make healthy food choices based on calorie counts included in menus, according to a study in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. Researchers surveyed 1,400 people in Philadelphia and found that almost two-thirds of respondents at fast-food restaurants and one-third of those interviewed by phone didn't notice nutrition postings; researchers suggested enhancing the color contrast or type size of calorie information on menu boards and menus.
HealthDay News (11/29) 
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Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
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Schools & Community
Neb. school districts can get grants to improve breakfast programs
Nebraska is participating in the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom program that provides grant money so school districts can move breakfast programs into the classroom and increase student participation. Nebraska State Education Association President Nancy Fulton said only about one-half of eligible students participate in the School Breakfast Program.
Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Neb.) (11/29) 
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