Report: It's time for a new approach to weight management | Neb. firm changes wellness approach to increase participation | Daylight savings linked to greater activity levels in youths
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October 24, 2014
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Wellness Programs & Trends
Report: It's time for a new approach to weight management
Employee wellness programs need more innovative approaches to weight management and companies should consider using digital health, virtual coaching, value-based benefits and even bariatric surgery, according to a report from the Northeast Business Group on Health. The report says companies need a multipronged approach that includes core weight-loss initiatives combined with new ideas. Employee Benefit News (10/23)
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Neb. firm changes wellness approach to increase participation
Norfolk Iron and Metal Co. in Nebraska got less resistance from employees and better participation when it eased up on its approach to wellness, said Tara Smydra, who runs the program. The company used focus groups to find out what would motivate employees to participate in the wellness program and explained benefits, and when workers began to see results, it helped spur others to participate. Nebraska Radio Network (10/24)
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Daylight savings linked to greater activity levels in youths
Adjusting clocks forward by an hour for the whole year would give children and teens more time to do moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, U.K. researchers wrote in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. The study showed that daily levels of exercise were 15% to 20% greater during summer than in winter. BBC (10/23)
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Health News & Research
U.S. trans-fat intake dips, but improvements still needed
Trans-fat intake has fallen by about one-third over the past three decades but still accounts for 1.9% of daily calories in men and about 1.7% in women, a study on the website of the Journal of the American Heart Association says. Saturated-fat intake also dropped, but omega-3 fat consumption held steady and is still below recommended levels, researchers said. HealthDay News (10/22)
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Many Halloween costumes are tainted with toxic chemicals
An Ecology Center report published on found elevated levels of toxic chemicals such as lead and flame retardants on many popular Halloween costumes and decorations for children. These chemicals have been associated with health hazards such as birth abnormalities, asthma and cancer. The Hill (10/23)
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Many cancer patients make lifestyle, treatment changes to afford care
A survey of patients with colorectal, breast and other solid tumor cancers who sought help paying for their medical care found that 89% made lifestyle changes to help handle treatment costs. The study from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found 39% of patients coped with expenses by adjusting their medical care, including not getting prescriptions filled or taking less medicine than their doctor prescribed. Healio (free registration)/HemOncToday (10/21)
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Standing desks may help engage students in lessons, study finds
A study of Texas students who used standing desks found that those students were more attentive and engaged in the classroom. The study by Mark Benden, associate professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center, found that students who were in activity-permissive learning environments were more engaged than students in traditional seated environments. blog (10/21)
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Study: Marriage woes may contribute to weight gain
Participants with a history of mood disorder and a more hostile marriage burned fewer calories and exhibited higher insulin levels in the blood after eating a high-fat meal than those with less-hostile marriages, researchers reported at a ScienceWriters2014 briefing. "These findings not only identify how chronic stressors can lead to obesity, but also point to how important it is to treat mood disorders. Interventions for mental health clearly could benefit physical health as well," lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser said in a news release. Science World Report (10/22)
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Schools & Community
Duke University adds vegetarian options for students
Duke University is responding to requests from vegetarian students for more food options by adopting the Meatless Mondays initiative and offering a dining site dedicated to vegetarian, vegan and raw food. Duke Nutrition Services dietitian Toni Apadula said Meatless Mondays also are a chance to educate students who may want some additional vegetarian dishes or are interested in trying a plant-based diet. Duke Chronicle (Duke University) (10/23)
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