Local jurisdictions hope employee clinics lead to savings | Mass. city, school district compete in walking challenge | Study links exercise time, students' performance in school
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October 16, 2014
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Local jurisdictions hope employee clinics lead to savings
Kissimmee, Fla., Lake County in Illinois and Puyallup, Wash., are hoping on-site or near-site employee health clinics can reduce health care costs. Puyallup and Lake County are accepting proposals to build clinics, while Kissimmee opened one last year and is encouraging employees to take better care of their health. The Herald (Puyallup, Wash.) (10/15), Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.) (10/16), Osceola News-Gazette (Kissimmee, Fla.) (10/15)
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Mass. city, school district compete in walking challenge
City employees in Newburyport, Mass., have squared off against school district staff in a six-week pedometer challenge that has participants tracking daily walking steps. School Superintendent Susan Viccaro said small changes can have a big effect on employee health and health care costs. The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.) (10/16)
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Study links exercise time, students' performance in school
Twelve-year-olds who got an extra two hours of physical activity every week performed better in school compared with those with less exercise time, according to a Swedish study in the Journal of School Health. Science World Report (10/15)
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Study finds men, women react differently to mental stress
A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed mental stress affects women with stable ischemic heart disease differently than men with the condition. Duke University researchers said women were more likely to experience depression and anxiety while men were more likely to have changes in blood pressure and other physiological measures. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (10/14)
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Study: Better communication needed with overweight Latino children
A study of primary care visits for overweight Latino children ages 6 to 12 found pediatricians did not always effectively communicate that the child was overweight or discuss weight management interventions, according to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers. The study in the journal Pediatrics found pediatricians used a medical interpreter less than half of the time and often did not talk about cultural diet options or abnormal findings from a physical exam. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (10/14)
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Healthy lifestyle during pregnancy may improve birth outcomes
Women who ate healthy food and regularly exercised during their pregnancy were less likely to give birth to heavier infants and had a lower risk of moderate to severe respiratory distress syndrome, according to a study in BMC Medicine. Science World Report (10/15)
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Close to 5% of patients die within a month of cancer surgery
Nearly 53,500 of 1.1 million people diagnosed with cancer between 2004 and 2011 died within a month of surgical treatment, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers found. Risk was lower among some patients, including those who were married and those with health coverage. The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium. HealthDay News (10/14)
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Schools & Community
Sustainable seafood is part of hospital's healing mission
Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash., serves sustainable seafood because its mission to heal includes patients, the environment and the community, says Kathy Pryor of Washington Healthy Food in Health Care. Pryor says that hospital support for sustainable agriculture is relatively new and that it can be difficult for facilities to find local sources. Crosscut.com (Seattle) (10/16)
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