Companies say wellness programs benefit employee health | Avoiding winter-related accidents in the workplace | Moderate-intensity walking may reduce heart risks, study says
January 12, 2017
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Companies say wellness programs benefit employee health
A survey of company decision-makers showed 80% said their wellness program has had a positive effect on employee health and productivity and 70% said it has had a positive effect on health care costs. However, the data released by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies also showed a significant number of employees did not know their company had a wellness program.
Employee Benefit News (1/11) 
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Avoiding winter-related accidents in the workplace
As cold weather sets in, companies should create a plan to help workers avoid slips and falls in the workplace. Identifying potential hazards through regular checks and marking off dangerous areas can help keep employees safe in winter.
EHS Today (1/9) 
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Fitness
Moderate-intensity walking may reduce heart risks, study says
A study that included 70 women found walking briskly may reduce the risk of heart disease, researchers wrote in the journal Creative Nursing. Study participants were asked to walk at moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes per week, and researchers found after 10 weeks, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels had improved.
HealthDay News (1/10) 
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Health News & Research
Report ranks best evidence-based preventive services
A review of 28 evidence-based clinical preventive services by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities gave scores of 10 out of a possible 10 to childhood immunizations, counseling youths to prevent tobacco use, and screening and counseling on tobacco cessation for adults, according to a report published in the Annals of Family Medicine. The next highest-ranking services were alcohol misuse screening with brief intervention, and use of aspirin for adults with a high risk of cardiovascular disease.
Medscape (free registration) (1/10) 
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Stress tied to elevated cardiovascular disease risk, study finds
A study in The Lancet found individuals with higher activity in the amygdala, a brain region tied to stress, had an increased risk of developing subsequent cardiovascular disease, compared with those who had lower amygdala activity. The findings, based on brain and body scans of 293 patients, also showed an association between heightened amygdala activity and arterial inflammation and elevated bone marrow activity, which can increase the risk for stroke and heart disease.
Reuters (1/11),  CNN (1/11) 
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Study supports government plan to reduce salt intake, CVD impact
A government-backed program to reduce salt consumption could be cost-effective and reduce intake by 10% over 10 years, saving almost 6 million life-years linked to heart disease each year, according to a study in The BMJ. The researchers said a government-supported salt reduction plan would be cost-effective in nearly every country worldwide.
HealthDay News (1/11) 
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Schools & Community
Providers increasingly develop nutrition Rx programs for better health
A growing number of health care providers and medical institutions are prescribing dietary changes and developing nutrition programs to prevent or reverse disease. Programs include sending physicians grocery shopping with patients, sending patients home from the clinic with a bag of healthy food, and teaching patients to select and prepare healthy meals.
KQED.org (1/9) 
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In-class breakfast helps boost participation
In-class breakfast helps boost participation
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Breakfast participation at an elementary school in Virginia has increased 200% since officials adopted an in-class breakfast program. Third-grade teacher Tina Oxendine says the program has helped curb student hunger and stress.
Connection Newspapers (Alexandria, Va.) (1/10) 
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