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October 19, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
 
  • Report lists 8 wellness strategies at top companies
    A Buck Consultants report profiling wellness programs at 13 large multinational companies found key factors to success include creating a program that senior managers believe offers value to the company. Successful programs also ensure employees understand the reasons and goals behind wellness initiatives, enlist the help of local health professionals, and ensure accountability. EHS Today (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Well Aware" helps school employees lose 16,490 pounds
    The "Well Aware" program to raise awareness about health and exercise led employees of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland to lose a total 16,490 pounds, moving the average BMI from the obesity range to normal-weight range, data showed. About 5,300 of 10,000 employees participated, and officials are meeting to see if similar wellness programs can be offered to other county employees. WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Fitness 
  • Exercise data in EHRs could boost care quality
    The electronic Exercise Vital Sign program of Kaiser Permanente has shown promise in boosting care quality and patient treatment, according to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The initiative, which integrates a patient's physical activity data into their electronic health record, has collected important and accurate data that clinicians can use to better counsel and treat patients regarding their lifestyles. Healthcare IT News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Healthy lifestyle cuts death risk 37% in women with cancer
    Older female cancer patients who exercised regularly, whose weight was in a healthy range and who ate a balanced diet in accordance with the 2007 guidelines of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research had a 37% lower risk of dying from any cause than those who didn't follow the guidelines. Among the three factors, regular exercise had the most significant benefit. The study was to be presented at a conference of the American Association for Cancer Research. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Multivitamins may protect men from cancer, study finds
    Men who regularly took multivitamins for several years had an 8% lower risk of cancer compared with placebo users, according to a study of about 14,700 male doctors aged 50 and older. Researchers, however, didn't find difference in rates of cancer-related deaths between the multivitamin and placebo users. The findings were published online in Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cranberry products do not prevent UTIs, review says
    A report in the Cochrane Review finds cranberry products do not offer enough of a benefit in preventing urinary tract infections to warrant a recommendation for usage. U.K. researchers found cranberry products, when compared with a placebo, water or no treatment, did not lead to significant reductions in symptomatic UTI occurrence overall or offer any protective effects in any patient subgroup. Medscape (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Nonprofit issues School Lunch Report Card
    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has issued its School Lunch Report Card for the first time since 2008, in which it grades school districts on their compliance with federal meal guidelines in elementary schools. The Pinellas County, Fla., district received a perfect score, while districts in Howard County, Md., Knox County, Tenn., and Omaha, Neb., tied for second in the report card. The Baltimore Sun (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Educational tracks at Fall Forum deliver answers
    Whether you choose to focus on one educational track or mix and match sessions, you’ll leave with answers. Choose from educational tracks including: Consumer engagement and behavior change; Leveraging data; Technologies and Innovation; Care and payment alternatives; Compliance; New plan models and products. Round out the agenda with general sessions and networking events. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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