Companies tout wellness plans that change corporate culture | Minn. employers urged to make wellness a priority | Researchers analyze athletes' DNA for clues to health, fitness
February 27, 2015
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Companies tout wellness plans that change corporate culture
Reducing health costs may be a bottom line goal for wellness programs but companies can find success with plans that gradually change the corporate culture and address individual needs. Wilson Bank & Trust in Tennessee started small, urging employees to drink more water, but now has a 100% participation rate in a program that has expanded to include Wellness Bingo and biometric testing. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (2/24)
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Minn. employers urged to make wellness a priority
Speakers at the Workplace Well-Being Summit urged companies in the St. Cloud, Minn., area to make employee wellness a priority over the next six years. Granite Equity Partners CEO Rick Bauerly said most people in the area spend a lot of time at work so companies have an obligation to offer wellness services, which could also reduce company health costs and increase productivity. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (2/26)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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Researchers analyze athletes' DNA for clues to health, fitness
Stanford University researchers are collecting and analyzing DNA samples from the fittest endurance athletes, in a search for clues that could help improve heart health, medicine and exercise for the general public. Researchers hope the DNA also may link fitness to specific genes and help identify exercises that offer the most cardiovascular benefits. Bloomberg (2/27)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Report IDs top causes of pediatric deaths globally
Data from the Global Burden of Disease study revealed lower respiratory infections were the leading cause of death for children under age 5 in 2013, followed by malaria, diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies. Measles was seventh on the list, responsible for more child deaths than drowning, road injuries or AIDS. The findings appear in The Lancet. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (2/25)
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Supermarket access in poorer areas doesn't help improve diets
The establishment of a full-service supermarket in a low-income and ethnic minority neighborhood did not appear to boost the availability of healthy foods in residents' homes or improve children's eating habits, according to a study in Public Health Nutrition. HealthDay News (2/26)
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C. difficile cases number half a million in U.S. annually
Clostridium difficile caused about 500,000 infections in 2011, according to CDC data published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two out of three infections occurred in hospitals or nursing homes and an estimated 150,000 were community-associated. HealthDay News (2/25)
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Losing a night's sleep may lead to unhealthy food choices
People who lose a night's sleep may experience changes in brain activity that make them more prone to eat fatty foods, researchers write in Scientific Reports. Researchers wrote that the changes occurred in the salience network, a brain pathway linked to decision-making. HealthDay News (2/25)
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Schools & Community
W.Va. students star in "Fuel Up to Play 60" video
West Virginia students are included in a "Fueled Greatness" video designed to be a national promotion for the "Fuel Up to Play 60" initiative from the NFL and the National Dairy Council. West Virginia, which ranks high among states for school breakfast program participation, mandates use of the "Breakfast After First" initiative. The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W.Va.) (2/25)
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Calif. district partners with nonprofit on new hydration stations
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A nonprofit organization is working to install hydration stations in some California schools. In some cases, officials said, the schools did not have properly functioning water fountains and students had access to water only during meals. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/25)
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Wellness Industry Developments
An educational program for IT professionals
AHIP's IT Series is designed for IT professionals, both new and experienced, looking to advance their careers in the health care industry. Participants will develop the understanding and skills needed to navigate an ever-changing health care marketplace, and also receive credits toward two professional designations. Learn more.
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Webinar: Leveraging Expert Second Opinions to Drive Clinical Quality in Value-Based Care
With the expansion of value-based arrangements, payers are seeking innovative ways to support providers in delivering high-quality care. Join us for this webinar on March 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST, to hear leaders discuss strategies for ensuring providers have complete patient profiles, access to second opinions and collaboration with health plans to achieve the goals of value-based care. Register now.
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