Levi's to expand employee wellness program | Employees want personalized wellness programs, research shows | Study finds stretching can help boost cardiovascular fitness
October 18, 2016
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Wellness Programs & Trends
Levi's to expand employee wellness program
Levi Strauss & Co. says it will expand its Worker Well-Being program to reach factories across its supply chain and other garment industry brands, with a goal of reaching more than 300,000 workers by 2025. The company said it will work with Harvard University to survey workers and create a dashboard that shows what employees at different factories need to be healthy.
TriplePundit.com (10/18) 
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Employees want personalized wellness programs, research shows
HealthFitness research found almost 75% of employees said they wanted a personalized approach to company wellness programs. The HealthFitness study also found people want wellness programs that are convenient to use, have a supportive corporate culture, provide motivation and offer mental health services.
Employee Benefit News (10/17) 
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Study finds stretching can help boost cardiovascular fitness
Static whole-body stretching was found to improve upper and lower body arterial function in sedentary young men, according to a Japanese study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Researchers said regular stretching may be an alternative to aerobic exercises for people who are unable to do them.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Health News & Research
Researchers link BMI in adolescence to diabetes mortality in midlife
A study in Diabetes Care showed that overweight and obese adolescents who belonged to the 85th to 94th percentiles and 95th percentile or higher, respectively, had a hazard ratio of 8.0 and 17.2 for diabetes mortality in midlife, respectively, compared with those in the fifth to 24th percentiles. Israeli researchers evaluated 2,294,139 adolescents between 1967 and 2010 and found a graded increase in diabetes mortality from a body mass index of 20.0 to 22.4 kg/m2 onward and from the 25th to the 49th BMI percentile group.
DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (10/17) 
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Fertility treatment tied to lower birth defect risk in babies of older mothers
Seven percent and 10% of infants born to women of all ages through in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, respectively, developed birth defects, compared with 6% of those born naturally, according to an Australian study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology based on data involving about 305,000 births from 1986 to 2002. The study found 3.6% of those with mothers ages 40 and older who conceived through IVF had birth defects, compared with 8% of those with older mothers who conceived naturally.
HealthDay News (10/17),  Newsweek (10/17) 
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Study: Omega-3s for pregnant woman may cut allergy risk in children
Supplementing with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy and early lactation may help breast-feeding mothers reduce the risk of allergy development in infants, according to a Swedish study in Acta Paediatrica. The researchers followed 95 pregnant women with a family history of allergies during the randomized study and identified a link between daily supplementation of EPA and DHA and lower instances of children with IgE-associated allergic disease.
NutraIngredients (10/17) 
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Researchers find highest smoking susceptibility among Hispanic youths
A study in Pediatrics found that the rate of smoking susceptibility among Hispanic youths rose from 22% in 1999 to 28% in 2014, compared with a decline from 21% to 20% among blacks and a steady rate of 21% among whites during the study period. The findings, based on 1999 to 2014 survey data involving about 144,000 nonsmoking youths ages 9 to 21, also showed that Hispanics had up to 67% higher odds of smoking than whites and were most likely to try cigarettes at ages 12 and 16.
Reuters (10/17) 
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Schools & Community
Schools address students' mental health needs
Only about one-third of teachers in the US said they would be able to respond to students' mental health issues, a study found. Several programs are working to close that gap, including a Connecticut program that allows educators to report potential mental health needs and get help from professionals via in-classroom visits.
The Atlantic online (10/17) 
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Community cafe focuses on good food, training, jobs
The Urban Ministry in Birmingham, Ala., recently closed its soup kitchen and opened the WE Community Cafe that focuses on good food, training and jobs for young adults. The pay-what-you-can cafe serves healthy meals, and some of the produce it uses comes from the WE Community Gardens.
AL.com (Alabama)/Birmingham magazine (10/17) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
#AHIPYoungPro. Join us at Medicare/Medicaid/Duals conferences
Connect with health care professionals 35 and under through AHIP's Young Professionals Network at the National Conferences on Medicare, Medicaid & Duals, Oct. 23 through Oct. 27, in Washington, D.C. Share ideas, build your industry network, and take advantage of conference discounts, a social meet-up on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and more. Visit the website for details and follow #AHIPYoungPro.
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Issue brief -- Strategies to prevent diabetes
AHIP member health plans have experience with delivering diabetes prevention programs to many populations. In the latest Issue Brief, read about health plan strategies to address prediabetes across diverse populations, in workplace settings, and by collaborating with physicians in health plan retail centers. Learn about tools your organization can incorporate into its diabetes prevention efforts. View the Issue Brief today.
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