"Smart match up" approach may boost wellness engagement | 40 Atlanta-area employers earn "healthiest" designation | Exercises to strengthen gluteus medius help pelvis, PT says
February 17, 2017
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"Smart match up" approach may boost wellness engagement
Employers can increase employee engagement in wellness programs by reinventing team challenges so they better address individual needs, writes Dave Merriwether of WebMD Health Services. Merriwether suggests increasing engagement by using a "smart match up" approach that pairs teams with similar skills and activity levels.
BenefitsPro.com (2/16) 
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40 Atlanta-area employers earn "healthiest" designation
The Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2017 Healthiest Employers Awards were given to 40 Atlanta-area employers that were ranked based on their wellness programs. JE Dunn Construction earned the award in the large employer category for wellness initiatives such as the annual Dunn Run, yoga classes and healthy snacks.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Atlanta (2/16) 
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Fitness
Exercises to strengthen gluteus medius help pelvis, PT says
Exercise to strengthen the gluteus medius, the muscle that controls pelvic motion, is important because the gluteus medius helps keep the pelvis stable during activities, says physical therapist Skye Donovan. An unstable pelvis can led to knee, hip and lower back pain, Donovan says.
U.S. News & World Report (2/16) 
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Health News & Research
WHO: Dementia deaths more than doubled over 15 years
Dementia led to 1.54 million deaths in 2015, more than doubling the total from 2000, according to the World Health Organization. The number is likely to keep growing because experimental drugs have not proven effective against dementia, WHO says.
Bloomberg (2/15) 
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CDC reports moderate flu season, vaccine efficacy of 48%
CDC reports moderate flu season, vaccine efficacy of 48%
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Influenza activity so far this season has been moderate, with elevated activity expected to continue for several more weeks, CDC researchers reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An accompanying report showed that the batch of flu vaccine distributed this year has been 48% effective, compared with 47% vaccine efficacy last year.
Medscape (free registration) (2/16),  CNN (2/17) 
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Bariatric surgery linked to better health outcomes in obese diabetes patients
Researchers found that 29% and 23% of type 2 diabetes patients with obesity who underwent gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy, respectively, were able to stop their diabetes medications five years after the procedure, compared with 5% of those on diabetes medications alone. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, based on 150 patients, showed those who underwent weight-loss surgery lost significantly more weight and had lower blood glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
HealthDay News (2/15) 
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Gestational diabetes tied to adverse birth outcomes
Mothers with gestational diabetes who delivered after 28 weeks of pregnancy had higher risks for preterm births, macrosomia, preeclampsia, cesarean section delivery, birth trauma, respiratory distress and cardiac malformations, compared with those without gestational diabetes, French researchers reported in Diabetologia. The findings also showed a 30% higher odds ratio of perinatal death among infants of women with gestational diabetes who delivered after 37 weeks.
MedPage Today (free registration) (2/15) 
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Schools & Community
Chef, dietitian teach Wis. students about healthy eating
Taher Food Service chef Chris Murray and dietitian Melanie Wilth showed students at Rhinelander High School in Wisconsin how to prepare a healthy meal and taught them about good nutrition. Wilth said some students interested in nutrition enjoyed seeing someone from a profession they might want to pursue.
The Northwoods River News (Rhinelander, Wis.) (2/16) 
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Webinar: Strategies to increase colorectal cancer screening rates
Colorectal cancer is the second-highest cause of cancer death, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than a third of people who should be screened are not. On March 1 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET, learn about current strategies health plans and providers are implementing to improve colorectal cancer screening rates while strengthening their preventive screening programs.
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