CEO names 5 ways wellness plans are flawed | Tenn. city to pay workers $10 per pound they lose | Ohio elementary students, staff walk on Wednesdays
November 20, 2015
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CEO names 5 ways wellness plans are flawed
Welltok CEO Jeff Margolis said flawed wellness programs bypass health insurance, use a poor measurement of investment and fail to include families. Plans also can be intimidating and lack an appropriate award system, Margolis said, and should focus instead on creating a personalized experience that has value for everyone who participates. Employee Benefit News (11/19)
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Tenn. city to pay workers $10 per pound they lose
Crossville City, Tenn., employees will be paid $10 per pound they lose, up to 25 pounds, under a wellness program approved by the City Council. Employees will have to maintain the weight loss for at least six months, keep an exercise log showing 10 walking activities each month, and get an annual wellness exam to receive the full incentive. Crossville Chronicle (Tenn.) (11/19)
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A Buyer's Guide to Web CMS
A Web CMS (Content Management System) makes it easier for you to create, manage and maintain your website content, and choosing a Web CMS is a big decision for your company. It's critical to look for and understand the essential features that will address your business needs now and in the future. This guide will help you make a more informed Web CMS selection.

Ohio elementary students, staff walk on Wednesdays
More than 1,500 elementary students in Avon Lake, Ohio, this fall have been taking Wednesday walks with school staff to promote the health benefits of walking. Physical education teacher David Dick said the initiative will continue with a nutrition program and encouraging children to ride bicycles to school in the spring. The Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio) (11/19)
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Health News & Research
Mortality from drug overdose quadruples among youths in 5 states
The mortality rate for teenagers and young adults has more than doubled across the US and increased fourfold in Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to a new report. The Trust for America's Health found 7.3 deaths per 100,000 people ages 12 to 25 years were due to drug overdose in 2011-2013, up from 3.1 in 1999-2001. Over half of overdoses in 2013 were attributed to prescription painkillers. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Pediatric cancer survivors may have poorer mental, physical health as adults
Survivors of childhood brain cancer, leukemia and Hodgkin lymphoma had almost double the risk of being hospitalized up to 34 years after surviving the disease, according to a Danish study of over 33,000 young cancer survivors diagnosed between 1943 and 2004. A second study, based on 119 people, revealed adults who had survived osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, had lower scores on attention, memory and reading tests and a slower brain processing speed than those who didn't have cancer as children. Both studies were published online in JAMA Oncology. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Study examines variation in blood glucose response to particular foods
Adults showed varied blood glucose responses when given identical meals, with some showing large increases in their postprandial blood glucose levels even after eating a healthy diet, while others had no increases, according to a study in the journal Cell. Researchers used a cohort of 800 Israeli adults and found that on average, personalized good diets decreased people's post-meal blood glucose levels and changed their gut bacteria makeup. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Schools & Community
Kansas City area jurisdictions raise age to buy tobacco
The Kansas City, Mo., City Council voted to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 on Thursday, the day of the American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout. A similar measure was passed Thursday night by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan. It's part of a national initiative to get communities around the US to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products. KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)/The Associated Press (11/20)
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UberHEALTH drives nurses around in 36 cities to give flu shots
On Thursday, Uber drivers ushered nurses around in 36 cities so they could give flu shots to people who requested them. Nurses could give up to 10 influenza shots per site, and some of the sites visited were workplaces. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/20)
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Ill. students learn struggle of feeding students on $2 a day
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The University of Illinois recently held a program called Lunch Hour, in which students were taught how difficult it is to feed students at traditional public schools, where each meal might cost between $2 and $2.15. "Think about that. Even buying in mass, it's difficult to make a lunch for $2," said Mark Dochterman, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at the university. "It's even more difficult to make it a healthy lunch." The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (11/18)
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Wellness Industry Developments
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