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September 5, 2014
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Wellness Programs & Trends
Hawaii National Bank uses a data-driven wellness program
Hawaii National Bank human resources vice president Derek Kanehira said the company's data-driven population health approach to wellness provides a clear picture of employee and family health concerns, which informs wellness offerings and increases participation rates. The bank found diabetes and cardiovascular health were the two main health issues and partnered with a local hospital system to offer employee counseling. Health IT Analytics (9/4)
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Make wellness part of a business strategy, CEO says
Employee wellness should be part of a company's business strategy because it is linked to better health and productivity, said Interactive Health president and CEO Cathy Kenworthy. "Your wellness program should offer outcomes-based solutions that are personalized and hold all individuals accountable for their health improvement," she said. Employee Benefit News (9/4)
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Study: Wine plus exercise may yield cholesterol benefits
Moderate consumption of either red or white wine was linked to improved cholesterol levels only in people who exercised, according to a study presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting. Researchers said the antioxidant content of the wine may not be behind the health benefits. The Atlantic online (9/3)
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Health News & Research
Abdominal fat may be key hypertension risk factor, study shows
Abdominal fat may be a bigger risk factor for hypertension than overall body fat, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers wrote, however, that the observational study did not establish a causal relationship and that the specific mechanism linking abdominal fat to hypertension remains unknown. Medscape (free registration) (9/3)
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CDC: Smoking prohibited in 4 of 5 U.S. homes
A CDC report based on nationwide tobacco-use surveys found that no-smoking-in-the-house rules increased from 43% in 1992 to 1993 to 83% in 2010 to 2011. The results appear in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. HealthDay News (9/4)
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Report examines substance use, mental illness in U.S.
A report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed nearly 20 million Americans aged 12 and older reported using marijuana, while 4.5 million use nonmedical prescription pain killers and 1.5 million use cocaine. Data also showed 44 million adults had a mental illness in 2013. HealthDay News (9/4)
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Diabetes at middle age raises risk of mild cognitive impairment
A study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease revealed adults ages 50 to 65 with type 2 diabetes had a higher risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, but the association was not seen in adults ages 66 to 80. Researchers also found middle-aged women with diabetes were at an increased risk of amnestic MCI, while non-amnestic MCI was more likely in middle-aged men. Yahoo/Asian News International (9/3)
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Schools & Community
Groups working together toward a "culture of health"
The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are collaborating to build a framework of health consciousness in the U.S. Specific goals for promoting wellness include ensuring access to healthy foods and space to exercise, smoke-free areas, quality health care, and social support. By 2020, the AHA hopes to reduce mortality from heart disease and stroke by 20% while making other cardiovascular health gains. Forbes (9/3)
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N.J. school's indoor farm involves students in science, harvesting of food
Every sixth- through eighth-grade student at a New Jersey school is involved in the campus farm, where students work to harvest food used in the school cafeteria. Students also learn about the science behind the school's farm, which is located in the cafeteria and uses LED lights and a vertical "stacked" design. CBS News (9/2)
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Wellness Industry Developments
What the experts are saying about state policy
New speakers have been added to the lineup at AHIP's State Health Issues Conference, Oct. 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C. Hear from insurance commissioners, health plan associations and other key experts on understanding new trends in state policy, legislative affairs and advocacy. View discussion topics and conference details. Register by this Friday, Sept. 5, to save!
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Webinar: keeping members happy through transparency
Transparency helps health plans meet the needs of their members. Join us for a webinar on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT, to discuss what tools are being adopted to ensure members are engaged and happy.
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