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December 3, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Wellness initiatives offer better strategic plan, expert says
    Some companies prefer wellness initiatives over ongoing programs because initiatives have end points and are more strategic, says Nancy Pokorny, managing consultant with Findley Davies. She says employee wellness initiatives are being integrated with other components, such as health plan design, safety and onsite clinics because the elements are all connected. Smart Business online (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. credit union CEO sets the example for wellness
    SEFCU chief executive Michael Castellana challenged himself to cover the equivalent of 1,000 miles in a year, and when he extended the offer to employees at the Albany, N.Y., credit union, some of them out-distanced him. The company is committed to wellness, through its fitness center and emphasis on healthy eating, but Castellana says he likes to set the example and works out regularly with a personal trainer. American City Business Journals/Albany, N.Y. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Exercise with the right motivations for success, RD says
    Willpower is a limited resource, and some researchers suggest that people who exercise to lose weight, rather than for internal reasons, such as to relieve stress, expend more willpower reserves, registered dietitian Melinda Johnson writes. She argues that finding an internal motivation, including exercising to boost confidence, is important to sticking to a workout plan. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Most older adults don't need supplements, data review shows
    Most adults do not need daily vitamins or supplements, even though at least half of those 65 and older take one, according to Emory University researcher Donald McCormick, whose data review is in the journal Advances in Nutrition. Registered dietitian Andrea Giancoli says food is the best source for nutrients and should be the first solution for nutritional deficiencies. WebMD (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes risk seen in overweight men who smoke
    Overweight men who smoked had a 33% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers also found cigarette smoking was associated with a 48% reduced risk of autoimmune diabetes in current smokers and 58% reduced risk in heavy smokers. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers explain how food ads affect obese children
    Overweight and obese children may be more susceptible to eating high-calorie, sugar-laden foods they see in advertisements because they have greater activity in the reward areas of the brain compared with those at a healthier weight, researchers reported in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers found that children at a healthy weight showed increased activity in brain areas associated with self-control when viewing food logos. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Milwaukee program teaches families about good nutrition
    Milwaukee's Healthy Choices program works with 200 families to teach them about nutrition, exercise, cooking and food choices. Neighborhood stores have joined the effort by stocking more fruits and vegetables, and people who graduate from the program become leaders who help educate others. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. students give feedback on healthier meals
    The Gaston County school district in North Carolina has surveyed its students and conducted taste-tests with the goal of serving food that students will like. So far, students have embraced healthier options served under new federal standards for school meals, including a nacho cheese sauce, pepperoni pizza and Chex mix cereal bars. "I think it's a little bit better than it used to be," said fifth-grader Abby Pearson, who said she's noticed that her school serves healthier meals with less salt. The Gaston Gazette (N.C.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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