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August 10, 2017
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Large employers commit to offering health care benefits, surveys say
Large employers remain committed to offering health insurance coverage for their employees, according to two recent surveys. The climate of low unemployment combined with uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act's future leads 65% of employers to say they are "very confident" that they will continue to offer coverage 10 years from now, up from 25% in 2014 when many big employers contemplated shifting their employees to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.
Kaiser Health News (8/8) 
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Atlanta city workers get new wellness center
The city of Atlanta turned a former grocery store into a 12,000-square-foot wellness center for city employees. The project is part of the "A Healthier You" initiative aimed at developing a healthier workforce.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (8/9) 
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Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right
A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment. Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recognition program in the whitepaper "Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right".
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Fitness
Studies show how exercise can benefit health
Studies show how exercise can benefit health
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Research suggests exercise can help promote better sleep and hearing, fewer colds, healthier eyes and improved bathroom habits. Researchers say exercise may improve sleep through its effect on measures such as body temperature, heart and metabolic rates, or anxiety.
CNN (8/9) 
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Health News & Research
Study finds FluMist was ineffective in 2015-16 flu season
Researchers found that the live attenuated influenza vaccine FluMist was only 5% effective in children ages 2 to 17 during the 2015-16 flu season, compared with 60% for the inactivated flu vaccine. The findings follow a recommendation from the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices not to use the live attenuated vaccine for the 2016-17 season.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (8/9),  MedPage Today (free registration) (8/9) 
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Poor oral health tied to higher cancer risk
Poor oral health tied to higher cancer risk
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Women with periodontal disease face 14% higher likelihood of developing cancer than women who have good oral health, researchers report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The association was strongest for esophageal cancer, but the research also uncovered a link between gum health and breast, lung, gallbladder and skin cancers.
TIME magazine (8/8) 
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Study finds mixed progress on healthier fast food for children
Study finds mixed progress on healthier fast food for children
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An analysis of six restaurant chains that pledged to offer healthier foods for children showed that while they did meet that commitment, many also continued to offer unhealthy foods on menu boards and in children's meals. Observers expressed no surprise over the findings, and registered dietitian David De Nicola noted that restaurants are likely to continue to market what sells.
Connecticut Post (Fairfield County-Bridgeport) (8/10) 
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Energy drink intake may increase later substance use risk in youths
Young adults who maintained regular energy drink consumption over time had a significantly increased likelihood of using cocaine and nonmedical stimulants, as well as a higher risk of developing alcohol use disorder at age 25, compared with those who didn't have sustained energy drink intake. The findings were published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Hindustan Times (India)/Asian News International (8/9) 
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Schools & Community
Wyo. district seeks to curb summer hunger
Wyo. district seeks to curb summer hunger
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Summer-meal participation in a Wyoming school district has increased over time as the program has expanded, says Wes Clarke, foodservices director. However, he says more students need the meals than are accessing them.
Jackson Hole News & Guide (Wyo.) (8/9) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
AHIP News
Happier members, smarter health care decisions. Everyone wins.
When members are more satisfied with their health plan, they're more engaged and make smarter decisions. How can you move unengaged members to become advocates for their health, and your brand? Discover top strategies at AHIP's Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum, Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 in Nashville. Register today.
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Videos highlight value of health plan, community partnerships
Health plans have a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of individuals with asthma. A new series of videos highlights the partnerships and collaborations between health plans and community organizations, including the value of a sustainable asthma-management program. Learn more on this and other topics at ahip.org/asthma.
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Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces open Nov. 1 - Train today
Agents and brokers play a vital role in helping consumers understand the FFM, explore their options, and get enrolled. Make sure you're fully prepared to meet their demands -- and fulfill CMS' requirements -- with Federal Marketplace Training from AHIP. Get details at www.ahip.org/FFM. Registration is now open!
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