Report: Firms add financial wellness education to websites | Companies can help improve safety for older employees | Study: Whole-body vibration may have fitness benefits
March 16, 2017
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Report: Firms add financial wellness education to websites
Many companies are adding financial wellness information to their websites, according to a survey of Corporate Insight's Retirement Plan Monitor coverage group. The survey found about 56% of companies used narratives as part of financial wellness education, 75% had an interactive financial wellness quiz, and 56% offered worksheets or checklists. (3/13) 
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Companies can help improve safety for older employees
Companies should make safety provisions for older workers, as employees ages 45 to 55 make up 44% of the workforce and more than 20% are over 55, writes Aon managing consultant Scott Lassila. Companies can improve lighting, signage and other physical job elements, but also should engage older workers in training, safety and wellness programs, Lassila says.
EHS Today (3/14) 
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Study: Whole-body vibration may have fitness benefits
A study suggested whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise in helping control diabetes, and could offer a fitness option for people who are unable to exercise. Mice subjected to whole-body vibration and those that used a treadmill showed similar improvements in levels of liver fat, better insulin sensitivity and increased muscle fiber, researchers reported in the journal Endocrinology.
Voice of America (3/15) 
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Health News & Research
Health consortium warns of public health threats from climate change
Health consortium warns on public health threats from climate change
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Climate change has exacerbated heart and lung diseases tied to wildfires and air pollution, infectious diseases such as the Zika virus and Lyme disease, heat-related health risks, and physical and mental health problems associated with extreme weather conditions, according to a report by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, which includes the American Academy of Pediatrics and 10 other health organizations. The report also showed that children, pregnant women, the elderly and student athletes are among the most vulnerable to climate change health risks.
CBS News (3/15),  USA Today (3/15),  HealthDay News (3/15) 
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Researchers ID factors tied to diabetes disease awareness
Adults with diagnosed or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes who reported not receiving health care in the past year or who were of Asian descent were more likely to be unaware of their diabetes status, compared with those who received health care and whites, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers used a cohort of 1,879 adults participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that those with a family history of diabetes, who were hospitalized in the past year and those ages 45 to 64 were more likely to be aware of their diabetes status.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (3/15) 
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Healthier school meals may improve diet, BMI in students
Study data presented at an American Heart Association conference found serving fresh fruits and vegetables and limiting sugar-sweetened beverages in US schools could improve diet and body mass index in children and prevent some cardiometabolic deaths. Researchers estimated children and adolescents would stick with 35% of the dietary improvements as they got older.
Medscape (free registration) (3/15) 
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Schools & Community
Study: More college students hungry, homeless
One-third of community college students are going hungry and 14% are homeless, an increase over numbers collected in 2015, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin. Researchers recommend that, in the short term, schools partner with food banks and homeless shelters to prevent students from dropping out.
National Public Radio (3/15) 
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Okla. schools certified healthy
The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program has given certificates of excellence to eight early-childhood programs and 21 schools. The program helps recognize schools that emphasize health and fitness.
The Muskogee Phoenix (Okla.) (3/15) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Changing how we change health care
How far have we come and what's needed next as we change health care from the outside in? PatientsLikeMe Co-founder and CEO Jamie Heywood and Deborah W. Brooks, Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research share important insight at Institute & Expo, June 7-9 in Austin. Register now and save.
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Recruit candidates from a better bracket and save
The March Madness sale is on at the AHIP Career Center! Now through April 3, save 25% on every job you post. And to maximize your ROI, the AHIP Career Center offers better targeting than general interest job sites plus opportunities for enhanced exposure via AHIP's strategic partners. So start recruiting today. To save, use coupon code MarMadness25.
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Choose your path to the LTCP professional credential
The Long-Term Care Professional is the premier designation in the long-term care insurance field. And now, AHIP offers three ways to earn this impressive credential: a four-part program, a single-exam combined course, or customized team training. All lead to the designation that can take your career further. Which path is best for your learning style? Find out here.
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