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January 25, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • UCSF adds MyFitnessPal tracking to its wellness program
    The University of California, San Francisco, is using the exercise and nutrition tracking service MyFitnessPal in its Smart Choice Smart U wellness program for 25,000 employees, visitors and patients. MyFitnessPal will add 200 foods served at UCSF Medical Center campuses to its database, and the university is encouraging staff to use Fitbit, which syncs with MyFitnessPal, to track their activity. TechCrunch (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women may need to do more work to reap exercise benefits
    Researchers at the University of Missouri studied obese men and women with type 2 diabetes, and found that women need to exercise at 85% effort to attain the same benefits seen in men who exercise at 65% effort. Although exercise alone was associated with health benefits, women also had to focus on their diets to get similar weight-loss results as men, researchers said. The findings appear in the journal Metabolism. The Daily Mail (London) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Poll looks at overweight, obesity rates for Americans
    About 26% of Americans are obese and more than 36% are considered overweight as measured by BMI, a Gallup poll indicates, despite recent evidence that people are exercising more and increasingly cite obesity as a serious health concern. The findings are based on a survey that asked 350,000 people for their heights and weights. Income, age and ethnicity played a role in obesity rates, researchers said. WJZ-TV (Baltimore)/The Associated Press (1/24), (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Mediterranean diet doesn't improve cognitive function
    Mediterranean-style diets have no effect on cognitive performance in older adults, according to a French study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Nutrition professor Teresa Fung of Simmons College says the study results are not the last word on the subject, because the limited saturated fats and high fiber in a Mediterranean diet may affect the brain indirectly by keeping blood vessels healthy. Reuters (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most foodborne-disease outbreaks linked to salmonella, norovirus
    Most of more than 1,500 reported outbreaks of foodborne diseases between 2009 and 2010 were attributed to salmonella-tainted foods or norovirus, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Eggs contaminated with salmonella accounted for 2,231 foodborne illnesses during the study period, and other causes were E. coli O157 in beef and Campylobacter in unpasteurized dairy products. HealthDay News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools & Community 
  • Mich. campaign calls on residents to lose 10% of weight
    The Michigan Department of Community Health has introduced the MI Healthier Tomorrow campaign to urge residents to lose 10% of their body weight and inform them about obesity-related health concerns. A "Getting Started Kit" will be sent via mail to those who sign up for the program. Participants can also receive text messages or e-mails about motivation and healthy cooking. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • 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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