Survey data showed 81% of employees who participated in health and wellness programs felt they had a positive impact, while 37% of those who did not participate said the initiatives were not personally relevant. The survey released by Welltok and the National Business Group on Health found that 91% of employees said they would participate in healthy behaviors if an award was involved.
More employers are joining Southwest Florida's Blue Zones Project to help people adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Peace Lutheran Early Learning Center has weekly walking groups and healthy foods, while Synergy Medical was already focused on health but finds that the project offers new ideas, such as volunteering and book meetings.
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Prediabetes patients who followed a low-fat, low-calorie diet and did exercise equal to 7.5 miles of brisk walking per week saw an average 9% improvement in oral glucose tolerance, compared with a 2% to 7% improvement for patients who did only moderate exercise or a more vigorous workout equal to jogging, according to a study in Diabetologia. Among exercise-only groups, people assigned to moderate routines equal to brisk walking saw better improvements in glucose tolerance than those who did vigorous intensity workouts, researchers said.
Type 1 diabetes patients who in the past year experienced severe hypoglycemic events had a 2.74 times higher risk of dying and 2.02 times greater odds of developing cardiovascular disease compared with those who didn't experience severe hypoglycemia, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Taiwanese researchers found that those who had hypoglycemic events in the past one to three years or three to five years were at a higher risk for all-cause mortality.
According to a study in JAMA Pediatrics of 113 mothers and 101 fathers of infants born at 30 weeks or less, parents of premature infants are 10 times more likely to become depressed in the early months after birth compared with parents of full-term, healthy infants. By six months after birth, depression rates begin to drop for parents of preemies, but remain the same among parents of full-term babies.
The ability of patients with Alzheimer's disease to recognize pain may be reduced, but that does not mean they are less distressed by it or that their pain tolerance diminishes as the disease progresses, researchers reported. The study in the journal BMC Medicine compared Alzheimer's patients ages 65 and older with adults of the same age range without the condition.
Reducing sugar intake in obese children can lead to improved triglyceride and ApoC-III protein levels, key factors in heart disease risk, researchers wrote in the journal Atherosclerosis. The study also showed reductions in small dense low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which also is linked to heart disease.
An Iowa school district launched a summer program this year in which students read, learn and eat. The program aims to keep students fed during the summer and provides them with academic enrichment to help avoid the "summer slump," program co-creator Lisa Hudson said.
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