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December 28, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
 
  • Community-owned health clinics help Fla. cities save money
    With the help of the company CareHere, several communities in central Florida have opened their own clinics that provide free care to employees, retirees and their families. In Ocoee, the move to city-owned facilities has helped hold the line on health care costs, avoiding a projected increase from $3.5 million to nearly $6 million. "The average cost for a regular visit ... is about 50% less to have it done at our health center here," according to Jim Carnicella of CareHere in Ocoee. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. health plan to unveil telemedicine service
    Anthem Blue Cross in California is set to unveil a Web-based telemedicine system known as LiveHealth Online early next year. The system will allow physicians and member patients to connect via two-way video to discuss nonemergency health issues, and data can, with permission, be shared with patients' primary care doctors. Healthcare Informatics online (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Fitness 
  • Body-weight training is cited among expected fitness trends
    Body-weight training is among the top 10 predicted fitness trends for the first time, according to an American College of Sports Medicine survey on expected trends for 2013. The technique includes basic exercises such as pushups, "planks," pullups and squats. Other predicted trends include strength training, incorporating diet programs into fitness programs and sharing personal trainers. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Weight-loss challenges work well at work
    A contest at Prevention magazine supports research indicating that work-based competitions are a more effective way to lose weight than solo efforts. "The group momentum gave me the motivation I needed to get serious about losing weight," said Jeff Hampton. The three-month contest involved two teams, and participants lost a total of 183 pounds. FoxNews.com/Prevention Magazine (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nutrient-dense snacks may reduce children's calorie intake
    Children who ate healthful snacks such as vegetables and cheese while watching TV consumed fewer calories than those who munched on chips, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Providing nutrient-dense snacks along with a healthy diet overall can help reduce the risk for obesity, said Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, who leads the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on nutrition. Medscape (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Child maltreatment cases in U.S. decline in 2011
    The number of child neglect and abuse victims across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico totaled 676,569 in 2011, with 42 states reporting fewer cases than in 2010, according to the Child Maltreatment 2011 report. Children age 1 and younger had the highest victimization rates. The most common form of maltreatment was neglect, followed by physical abuse and sexual abuse, researchers said. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Affordable Care Act changes start next week
    Individuals earning more than $200,000 in wages and married couples earning more than $250,000 will pay an additional payroll tax of 0.9% starting Tuesday, as more provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in. Other changes that take effect with the new year include a decrease in the Medicare Part D drug-coverage gap, a 2.3% medical-device tax and a $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • With a hands-on approach, children choose healthier food
    Forging a stronger connection between children and what they eat can help them make healthier choices, say experts, who cite growing some of their own food and learning to cook as good ways for children to become more involved. The American Heart Association's "Teaching Garden" program has helped set up gardens at elementary schools, and a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found multiple benefits associated with a nutrition education program called Cooking with Kids. HealthDay News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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    AHIP's Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., will convene policymakers, advocates, providers, health plans and community-based organizations to examine the latest federal and state developments and discuss issues related to access, care integration and quality measurement for dual eligibles. Register by Monday and take advantage of special year-end pricing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    For updates related to AHIP's various educational offerings, including conference news, upcoming webinars and the latest online health insurance courses, follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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