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March 20, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Doctor markets online care to corporate wellness programs
    After medical school Jay Parkinson decided he did not want a traditional physician practice, so he set up his company, Sherpaa, on the Internet and saw patients online. He has expanded to add two primary care physicians and focuses on selling the company's services to corporate wellness programs, offering 24/7 service and claiming to save companies up to $4,000 per year for each employee. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sodexo employees get a workout during work
    Weekly conference calls for Sodexo's recruiting team begin with stretches and strength-training exercises led by a staffer who is also a fitness instructor. The entire team telecommutes, and the routine began after some staffers decided that working from home had made them less active. The Washington Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Match workouts to blood type, dietitian recommends
    Creating a diet and exercise program based on personal blood type makes sense because blood types create a genetic blueprint, says registered dietitian Dina Khader. People with type O blood do well with intense exercise, while those with type A do better with yoga-type exercises, she said. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Meeting ideal heart health metrics can reduce cancer risk
    Achieving six or seven of the Life's Simple 7 goals for cardiovascular health lowered the likelihood of cancer by 51%, compared with meeting none of the goals, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Even meeting just one or two of the goals was associated with a 21% reduction in cancer risk, researchers said. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Not all parents heed doctors' advice, poll shows
    More than 50% of parents said they follow the advice they got from their children's doctors most of the time, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Parents who said they only occasionally heed doctors' orders were most likely to follow advice on nutrition, car seat safety and dental visits, and less likely to follow recommendations on discipline, sleep and screen time. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fast-food chains' secret menu items bypass labeling rules
    Fast-food restaurants reportedly are creating secret menu items loaded with fat and calories that do not fall under nutrition-labeling regulations. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said it will release a list of the most unhealthy items. The group's registered dietitian Susan Levin said the goal is to alert people that these foods "are not without consequence." The Miami Herald (free registration) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Study shows healthiest, least-healthy counties in each state
    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed county-based data to create a list of the healthiest and least-healthy counties in each state. They said least-healthy counties had higher mortality rates, more than 20% of children living in poverty, and higher rates of smoking and physical inactivity. USA Today (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. students go green for healthy living program
    As part of Pennsylvania's Go for the Greens program, which promotes healthy living among students, Wingate Elementary School has teamed up with Wegmans grocery chain for the second year. Through the program, students were served samples of fresh vegetables, such as pepper coleslaw, broccoli and zucchini spaghetti. Officials at the school say they plan to continue their focus on nutrition and fitness to combat childhood obesity. Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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  AHIP News 
  • Leveraging Mobile Solutions to Enhance the Health Insurance Experience
    As your organization invests in ways to differentiate yourself and provide members a unique brand experience, mobile solutions are even more important. Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on March 21 to learn strategies and best practices to demonstrate value and offerings with mobile technology. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medicaid health plans rising to the challenge
    Health plans understand that caring for Medicaid beneficiaries requires programs that help overcome tremendous day-to-day challenges. With programs ranging from prenatal care for pregnant women to home- and community-based long-term care and support for individuals with chronic conditions, health plans are helping Medicaid beneficiaries overcome major life challenges and improve their health. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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