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October 29, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Fla. county employees shed 5.4 tons in weight-loss initiative
    The YWeight program in Manatee County, Fla., helped 996 employees lose 10,875 pounds total, translating to fewer people with diabetes and to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Participants can earn as much as $400 in incentives if they maintain a healthy body mass index or lose a set percentage of body weight. Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IncentOne acts as "universal remote" for wellness programs
    IncentOne helps employers manage multiple wellness programs, integrating all initiatives into a human resources portal. CEO Mike Derner said the portal allows benefit managers and employees to see all programs available and includes a dashboard for workers can track progress and manage rewards. Workforce online (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Four Places to Start Measuring What Matters
You've instituted an employee engagement program to address deficiencies in business critical areas, but how do you know it's working? Furthermore, how do you demonstrate ROI to executives that might doubt engagement is business critical? Read this guide for 4 ways to start measuring the results of your engagement programs and how to use this data to drive desirable business outcomes.
  • Study: Up to 7.5 hours of exercise weekly is best for mental health
    A survey of 7,600 U.S. adults showed that those who got 2.5 to 7.5 hours per week of exercise had better mental health, Columbia University researchers reported in Preventive Medicine. However, they found that exercising beyond 7.5 hours led to an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety in men and women and across age groups. HealthDay News (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Poll indicates higher obesity rates in the U.S.
    Data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey show that 26.1% of U.S. adults are considered obese in 2012, compared with 25.5% in 2008. Researchers also found that the obesity rate in 44- to 47-year-olds increased to 30.4% this year, while it stayed consistent in those ages 24 to 27 and decreased 0.1% in those ages 60 to 63. The Huffington Post (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research links flu vaccine to lower odds of cardiac events
    Influenza vaccination was associated with a reduced likelihood of heart attacks and other cardiovascular episodes, researchers reported at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. One study found that one major cardiac event was prevented for every 34 individuals who received the vaccine. In another study, researchers found fewer implanted cardiac defibrillator shocks to the heart among vaccinated patients. Researchers said the findings were intriguing but warrant more study. WebMD (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quitting smoking might extend women's lives as long as 10 years
    A 12-year study of more than 1 million women in the U.K. found that smokers had a nearly threefold higher risk of death if they still smoked three years into the study compared with nonsmokers, but quitting early enough might dramatically cut that risk. Researchers found that smokers reduced the increased risk of premature death by more than 90% when they quit before age 40 and by more than 97% when they stopped before age 30. The study was published online by The Lancet. HealthDay News (10/29), United Press International (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Dozens of ideas in just a few days. AHIP's Fall Forum
The agenda at AHIP's Fall Forum, December 3 to 5 in Chicago, is crafted to provide maximum learning over just a few days. You'll enjoy sessions on health plan technology and operations, consumer engagement; leveraging data, information and analytics; new technologies; alternative care/payment models; new products; and compliance. Register now.
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  • Fall Forum early-registration deadline is approaching
    The last day to take advantage of early-registration rates for AHIP's Fall Forum is approaching. Early registration ends Wednesday. You'll enjoy an agenda packed with sessions focusing on health-plan technology and operations; consumer engagement; leveraging data, information and analytics; new technology; alternative care and payment models; new products; and compliance. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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