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February 13, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Changes to expect in the health care industry
    Changes are coming to the industry, as the health care system focuses more on prevention rather than treatment. Wellness programs and incentives, transparency, and new technology such as telemedicine are expected to change the way the industry works and lower health care costs. Author and expert David Houle said, "What's demanded and expected in the rest of the American economy is now coming to health care. There will be price competition, price transparency and accountability." Fox Business (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Central Wis. businesses share wellness strategies at summit
    More than 50 businesses shared wellness strategies at the Central Wisconsin Well Worksite Summit. Wood County spends more than 10% of its budget on an employee health fund, and wellness coordinator Sammi Joanis said that offering a comprehensive wellness program shows that the county is committed to improving employee health and satisfaction as well as lowering health costs. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wis.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Young adults have highest stress levels in U.S.
    Adults between the ages of 18 and 33 reported more stress than any other generation, with an average stress level of 5.4 on a scale of 10, according to the American Psychological Association. For 18- to 47-year-olds, the main sources of stress were work, money and job stability. For older adults, said health issues were the main source of stress. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: People in high-altitude areas are less likely to be obese
    Americans who live in high-altitude communities were four to five times less likely to be obese than were those in sea-level areas, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. The researchers said the reason for the difference is unclear but may be related to elevation's effect on appetite hormones, growth and metabolism. Reuters (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds varying vitamin D levels in supplements
    The content of vitamin D supplements varies widely across samples, with some offering too little to address vitamin D deficiency, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine says. Researchers said vitamin D content ranged from as low as 9% to as high as 140% of the doses described on the label. USA Today (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Ore. looks for ways to reduce poverty, hunger
    Oregon's poverty and hunger problems are increasing, but the state's first lady, Cylvia Hayes, says a nonprofit investment program could lead to loans that help small businesses expand, including organic produce growers. Portland city commissioner Dan Saltzman said that if voters reauthorize the Portland Children's Levy, he would like to expand its funding to include childhood hunger. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School district searches for recipes to encourage healthy eating
    School-nutrition professionals in an Illinois district are backtracking from a plan to offer more nutrient-dense foods after students failed to develop a taste for options such as fish, black-bean burgers and legumes. The district's food-service director said she hopes to reintroduce the options once a week and hold tastings of healthier fare for students and their families, so they can become more familiar with the more nutritious options. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    From claims processing automation to complex data analysis, AHIP Select Program Members provide a range of products and services for health plans and the health care industry as a whole. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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