Work-life balance is a big issue for companies, workers | Workplaces have reach, influence for successful wellness programs | Obstacle-course gyms offer a twist on workouts
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August 26, 2014
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Work-life balance is a big issue for companies, workers
The corporate emphasis on creating a work-life balance for employees has led to an industry of vendors and consultants focused on helping companies achieve that goal. founder Jim Bird said work-life balance is a top consideration when people look at new positions and promotions or quitting their current job. Rose Stanley of WorkatWork said that for companies, the big issue is tying work-life balance to their business strategy. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (8/25)
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Workplaces have reach, influence for successful wellness programs
The workplace offers a unique environment for wellness programs because it has the influence and reach to communicate its wellness message, according to Cortney Rowan and Karuna Harishanker of the consultancy Altitude. They said communicating wellness through multiple pathways reaches different employee engagement triggers and using a network of employees to pull people in creates a self-sustaining wellness program that is driven by workers not management. (8/25)
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Obstacle-course gyms offer a twist on workouts
Obstacle-course gyms let people change their exercise routine by climbing ropes or walls, dragging tires and doing hurdles. Instructors teach people the correct technique for safely mastering a course. Exercise physiologist Jessica Matthews recommends combining obstacle-course workouts with flexibility exercises for a foundation of fitness. Reuters (8/25)
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Health News & Research
Another study links job strain to diabetes risk
A German study in Psychosomatic Medicine found employees with high-stress, low-control jobs had a 63% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with low job strain. Reuters (8/22)
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U.S. sees dramatic decline in teen births
The rate of births to mothers aged 15 to 19 hit a record low in 2013, with 26.6 births for every 1,000 women in that age bracket, down from 61.8 in 1991, CDC researchers said. Asian-Pacific Islanders had the least number of teen births, while Hispanics had the most births among all racial groups. Teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest and lowest in the Northeast. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (8/20), USA Today (8/20)
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USPSTF recommends interventions for overweight patients facing CV risks
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that overweight people who are at risk of heart disease undergo "intensive behavioral counseling" that involves diet and exercise interventions for an extended period. The final statement, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, covers patients with hypertension, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and metabolic syndrome. Reuters (8/25)
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Studies address prevalence of eating disorders among youths
A study on the website of Pediatrics says Australian researchers found that patients with eating disorders not otherwise specified who did not meet weight criteria had a similar profile of life-threatening complications from weight loss as patients with anorexia nervosa. A review in Pediatrics says eating disorders are frequently undiagnosed and untreated, but that treatments such as outpatient family-based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can be useful. News (8/25)
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Schools & Community
Md. rolls out universal, free breakfast in 481 schools
Maryland announced $6.9 million in funding for the Meals for Achievement Program, in which all students qualify for free breakfasts, regardless of family income. The money for the program, which supporters say will help curb students' hunger and prepare them to learn, will go to 481 schools in the state. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/25)
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College students have gluten-free resources, options
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has a gluten-free tool kit to help college students manage their diet. A list of the top gluten-free colleges compiled by food company Udi includes the University of Connecticut, where each dining hall has a section with only gluten-free foods, and Liberty University in Virginia, which offers gluten-free lunches and dinners daily. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (8/26)
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Wellness Industry Developments
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Medicaid health plans get innovative
Health plans play an important role in providing access to better care, better health outcomes and better value for millions of beneficiaries. Read more about how health plans are implementing innovative care management strategies for those who depend on public programs.
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