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January 18, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • S.C. employers say onsite clinics ensure access to care
    South Carolina companies such as BMW Manufacturing Co., Draexlmaier, Michelin, T&S Brass and Bronze Works and Resurgent Capital Services say having an onsite clinic saves time for employees and keeps them healthier, provides a hedge against primary care physician shortages, and reduces costs. T&S Brass and Bronze Works vice president Mary Alice Bowers said its clinic, staffed by a nurse practitioner, slowed claim costs last year and is a convenience that ensures access to care. The Greenville News (S.C.) (subscription required) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employers face difficult choices when workers get the flu
    Employers are caught between telling workers with the flu to stay home so they do not spread the virus around the office and being short-handed because of absenteeism. CDC data show the flu costs businesses about $10.4 billion annually in health care expenses and lost productivity. Companies can help prevent exposure by limiting office meetings, keeping workers from being in close contact with each other and letting sick staff work from home. National Public Radio (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mont. school improves student focus with exercise program
    Students at Bryant Elementary in Helena, Mont., can gather each morning before the school day begins to have fun, jump and play. School officials started the "Fun to Run" program five years ago to help improve students' concentration and overall academic performance. "It helps me be a better learner and it gets my brain going," says Merriam Daniels, a first-grader. "It gives you a lot of energy for playing [and] doing whatever you want." Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • U.S. cancer death rates down 20% since 1991
    The American Cancer Society reported that the overall death rate for cancer was 20% lower in 2009 than at its highest point, in 1991. The improvement represents the prevention of 1.2 million cancer deaths since 1991. Decreases in mortality for lung, breast and prostate cancer were big factors in the decline. The findings appear in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. WebMD (1/17), MedPage Today (free registration) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy drinks are sending more young people to EDs
    The number of emergency department visits in the U.S. linked to energy drink consumption more than doubled from 2007 to 2011, from about 10,000 to nearly 21,000, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report found. Teens and young adults accounted for most of the energy drink-related ED visits, however visits from adults aged 40 and older increased from nearly 1,400 to about 5,200. In 2011, drugs or alcohol were a factor in 42% of the visits linked to energy drinks. HealthDay News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert panel finds flaws with food-stamp program
    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program does not consider the barriers people using food stamps can face when shopping for healthy foods, according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences. An expert panel that studied the program said it does not consider that food is more expensive in areas without major grocery stores or that recipients may have to buy prepared foods to save time, and noted there is a 16-month lag between when the government assesses food costs and when it adjusts benefits. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • NYC, L.A. show improvements in childhood obesity rates
    A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found childhood obesity rates in New York City and Los Angeles are already declining, with earlier interventions giving New York City an edge in the obesity battle. "These findings suggest that ongoing education, support and approaches that target specific cultural and socioeconomic groups can have positive effects in reducing childhood obesity," said Samantha Heller, clinical nutrition coordinator at Griffin Hospital's Center for Cancer Care in Derby, Conn. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Affiliate Organization Membership -- your connection to health plans
    Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member is an ideal way to showcase products and services that can aid health plans as they continue to focus on high-quality, affordable care for their members. Get details, and contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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