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December 7, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Business leader survey shows strong support for wellness
    A survey of business leaders found 87% said there were benefits to wellness programs and 70% felt bigger investments in wellness help reduce health costs. The survey was part of The States of Wellness project and found that while 84% of business leaders said return-on-investment was important to wellness, only 42% calculated ROI in their programs. IndustryWeek (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: 20% of HDHP holders avoid preventive care
    A survey finds that almost 20% of respondents under high-deductible health insurance plans avoided going to preventive care visits, despite the fact that their plans fully cover it. High-deductible or consumer-directed plans normally don't charge out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, annual physicals or screening tests as a way to promote preventive care, but only 18.1% of the survey respondents understood this rule, researchers said in a study published in Health Affairs. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study: Men face higher risk of cancer diagnosis, death than women
    Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with cancer, and they were more likely to die of the disease in each of the past 10 years, according to a study published in The Journal of Urology. Comparing men and women with the same form of cancer, researchers found that men faced a 12% higher risk of dying. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infant products still contain carcinogenic compounds, group says
    California's Center for Environmental Health announced on Thursday its plan to file a lawsuit against retailers selling foam products for babies that contain unsafe levels of a carcinogen called chlorinated Tris. The environmental watchdog group tested about 25 products from the Bay Area and found that 16 of the children's products had substantial concentrations of the chemical without the required warning labels. San Francisco Chronicle (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reducing fat consumption may facilitate weight loss
    People who replaced high-fat foods with low-fat alternatives showed significant improvements in BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a review in BMJ. Researchers found the weight loss was consistent across the trials they studied and was maintained for at least seven years. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Memory may play a role in appetite, study finds
    Short-term memory may predict a person's hunger level, according to a study in PLoS ONE. Researchers examined 100 adults who consumed a bowl of tomato soup and found those who perceived eating a larger bowl reported feeling less hungry than those who thought they'd eaten a smaller bowl, regardless of how much was actually consumed. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Tenn. district approves development of student health plans
    A school district in Tennessee has approved a new policy that will allow students with food allergies to have individual health plans developed by the school nurse. The policy also calls for the designation of peanut-free tables in the school cafeteria. The idea for the policy came from a student who suffers from a severe food allergy. WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
    AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSA Direct - Showcasing AHIP's financial institution members
    With the exponential popularity and growth of health savings accounts, more and more health insurance plans are launching this product in their marketplaces. HSA Direct allows health insurance plans to easily and quickly access information about AHIP financial institution members. To learn about our HSA Direct members such as State Farm Bank please visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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