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January 4, 2013
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  Fitness 
  • Women who walk more have lower stroke risk, study finds
    A European study in the journal Stroke revealed women who walked at least three hours weekly were less likely to suffer stroke than those who walked less, or those who did not walk at all. "The message for the general population remains similar: regularly engaging in moderate recreational activity is good for your health," said lead author Jose Maria Huerta from Spain. Yahoo/Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Poll: Most in U.S. are against restricting, taxing unhealthy foods
    Only one-third of about 1,000 people who responded to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research said the federal government should be deeply involved in reducing obesity rates, while about the same percentage said it should have little or no role. Three-quarters of respondents were against restricting purchases of unhealthy foods and about 60% opposed taxing them, but 8 in 10 supported requiring more physical activity in schools or offering nutrition guidelines to consumers. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers rank first in satisfaction
    The MyFitnessPal website and application ranked first in satisfaction among nine do-it-yourself weight-loss plans, while Weight Watchers earned the highest satisfaction score among four commercial diet options, a survey showed. The findings appear in Consumer Reports. WebMD (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. women are getting Pap tests as recommended
    CDC researchers found that more women aged 30 and younger are getting Pap tests in accordance with the national guidelines for cervical cancer screening. However, in a separate study, they reported that about 60% of women get Pap tests despite having a total hysterectomy, which is unnecessary in cases when the hysterectomy was performed for noncancerous reasons. Both studies were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/3), Nurse.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Advergames" for fruit don't entice children to eat healthfully
    Children who played online "advergames" that promoted fruit eating ended up consuming more calories after gaming, but not more fruit, compared with children who didn't play, according to a Dutch study. Researchers say such games might promote hunger but not specifically for the featured food. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Medical center team creates heart-healthy cookbook
    The Healthy Living Kitchen program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center's Heart Lung Vascular Institute has released a cookbook that includes nutrition information and heart-healthy recipes used in its community cooking classes. Registered dietitian Janet Seiber says the recipes in "Healthy Living Kitchen: A Recipe for Life" were created through a collaborative process that included the medical center's executive chef. The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register now for AHIP’s March 2013 Exchange Conference
    As the focus on the logistics of Exchange implementation intensifies, attending AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will be more important than ever. The program will cover immediate steps required, and mid- to long-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Register by Dec. 31 and take advantage of special year-end pricing. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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--John Dryden,
British poet, critic and playwright


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