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January 28, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Flu shots help small businesses keep absenteeism low
    Small businesses in Connecticut say emphasizing flu shots as part of employee wellness programs has helped control absenteeism during flu season. Stamford Chamber of Commerce vice president Barbara Seiter says it can be critical when even one person is out sick in a small business. Greenwich Time (Conn.) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Corporate wellness retreats can help employees relieve stress
    Annual physicals and employee dinners are not enough to reduce stress so companies are investing in corporate wellness retreats. Woodstock Chimes CEO Garry Kvistad takes his senior sales team to Mohonk Mountain House, where they focus on exercise, yoga and meditation. Fox Business (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • University offers incentive for online wellness programs
    The University of Michigan for a fifth year is giving $100 to insured employees who participate in online wellness programs, which in the past has led to lower health costs and absenteeism rates. Karen Schmidt, senior manager of the MHealthy Project, says the program is moving employees from high-risk levels to lower-risk categories. AnnArbor.com (Mich.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fitness 
  Health News & Research 
  • Prevalence of smoking varies across U.S., CDC finds
    A CDC report found that Utah had the lowest number of smokers, while Kentucky had the highest. Although states have funds to promote a smoke-free environment, all states failed to spend the total amount of dollars the CDC recommends for anti-smoking programs, the agency said. Twenty-four states were reported to have inadequate smoke-free laws, while six states had no laws that prevent secondhand smoke exposure. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: 69% of adults track health, most without technology
    A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 69% of adults said they track diet, weight, exercise or medical symptoms for themselves or a loved one, with 49% of those saying they do it in their heads, 34% keeping track on paper and 21% using some form of technology. Thirty-four percent of those who track their health said they share their data with others. USA Today (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Produce consumption can improve mood
    A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people reported feeling more calm, happy and energetic on the days they ate more fruits and vegetables. Lead researcher Dr. Tamlin Conner said young people can reap positive emotional effects by consuming seven or eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day. NutraIngredients (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Colo. district asks parents to weigh in on school meals
    Boulder Valley schools officials in Colorado are asking parents to offer feedback about the school lunch program -- including the amount of time students have to eat and what they are served. Among the comments gathered so far are calls for larger portions, more vegetarian options and concerns that some items, such as brown rice, are not "kid friendly." Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Keeping you on pace with implementation
    Sessions at AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will cover the topics of most concern to health plans, from SHOP Exchanges and the employer perspective, to concerns on network adequacy and care continuity. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions, an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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