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October 17, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Companies increasingly shift retirees to exchanges
    A growing number of companies are contracting with health insurance exchanges for retiree health coverage, allowing retired workers to select the plan that works best for them. Most employers that have contracts with exchanges provide retirees with fixed monthly assistance to buy coverage or health reimbursement arrangements. The Washington Post/Kaiser Health News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WellnessFits gives Canadian employers easy-to-use ideas
    Employees of Integris Credit Union in Prince George, British Columbia, get wellness points by becoming lunchtime dog walkers for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty. WellnessFits, a partnership between the government and a local cancer group, offers creative, easy-to-use ideas and resources for small companies seeking to add wellness initiatives. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links TV watching to reduced life span
    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study showed the life expectancy of a person older than 25 was reduced by 22 minutes for every hour spent watching television. The findings in the British Journal of Sports Medicine show that a sedentary lifestyle poses adverse health effects similar to smoking and obesity, researchers said. (Australia) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • CDC: Cholesterol levels have dropped among U.S. adults
    The average levels of total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein dropped among U.S. adults between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, while high-density lipoprotein levels rose slightly, CDC researchers found. They said that the improvements can be attributed in part to improvements in diet, including a reduction of trans-fat intake. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert: Many people don't get enough magnesium
    Food industry analyst Phil Lempert says many people, especially seniors, don't get enough magnesium, which is essential for health. "It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, as well as helping regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis," Lempert said in a statement. United Press International (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • USDA helps schools prioritize purchase of local food
    In new guidelines released Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows school food authorities to prioritize food purchases from local or regional farms. The announcement comes as schools nationwide are celebrating National School Lunch Week. In its memo, the USDA provides guidance to help schools develop contracts with Community Supported Agriculture organizations and details about the definition of local food and the types of products to which a geographic preference can be applied. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Produce-prescription programs yield positive first-year results
    Data from first-year pilot projects of the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program showed that 66% of families who got vouchers from their physicians to purchase produce increased the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate. Created by Wholesome Wave, the programs also led 38% of participants to reduce their BMI within four months. (Connecticut) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Improved business operations for better care. TPA Direct
    TPA Direct provides health insurance plans, payers and administrators interested in outsourcing a direct path to our TPA members. LifeCare Assurance Company, a member of TPA Direct, provides major insurers with specialized LTCI programs that feature minimal risk and maximum administrative support. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Storing, processing or transmitting personal health information?
    If so, be prepared for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights audit. Industry leaders will tell you why it’s important to prepare, review key issues the OCR will review and discuss common corrective actions in a webinar, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 30. Get details and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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