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January 10, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Study: Wellness plans can cut health costs by 18% per worker
    Employee wellness programs could lower health costs by an average 18.4% per worker and up to 28% for older employees and retirees, according to a study from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The study said savings will increase as more employees participate in wellness programs and health risks are reversed. Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anti-obesity effect is seen from active video games
    Children burned more energy overall by participating in gym activities, but those in third, fourth and fifth grades were able to meet recommended physical-activity goals while playing active video games, U.S. researchers found. Among those in sixth through eighth grades, boys were able to meet fitness requirements during gym classes, but girls didn't move enough to meet the requirements, according to the study to be published in the Games for Health Journal. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • U.S. life expectancy, health status lag
    Americans have shorter average life expectancy than those in other wealthy nations and are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as consuming high-fat, high-calorie diets, according to a report released by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Researchers also said the U.S. fared poorly on metrics such as infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and obesity and diabetes when compared with 16 other countries. Reuters (1/9), WebMD (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctor visits dropped during Great Recession in U.S.
    Americans visited their doctors' offices less often and filled fewer prescriptions when the Great Recession was in full swing in 2008 and 2009 compared with before the economic downturn, a study showed. Following the recession, blacks had fewer hospital stays than before, while hospitalization rates remained flat for Latinos and whites. The findings, based on data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Binge drinking is an under-recognized health issue for women
    Binge drinking remains an under-recognized women's health problem, despite being linked to serious health issues and the deaths of about 12,000 U.S. women and girls per year, the CDC said on Tuesday. Researchers assessed drinking behaviors of about 278,000 women ages 18 and older, and 7,500 high-school girls in 2011, and found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high-school girls reported binge drinking. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • One in 8 U.S. teens have suicidal thoughts
    Harvard University researchers looked at nearly 6,500 teenagers and found that 12.1% of them experienced suicidal ideation and 4% have either made plans to end their life or attempted suicide. Although most teens with suicidal thoughts received treatment for mental health problems, more than 50% of them didn't begin manifesting suicidal tendencies until after treatment started. The findings were published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. HealthDay News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Health officials aim to cut cancer rates in New York
    Health officials are aiming to lower cancer rates in New York, where an estimated 288 people are diagnosed with cancer daily. Among the preventive measures included in a five-year plan are greater access to quality cancer therapy and increased awareness of and access to cancer screenings. United Press International (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ruling: College must provide allergen-free food
    The U.S. Department of Justice ruled Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., must provide gluten-free and allergen-free food for students with food allergies under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The settlement, which also requires Lesley to pay $50,000 to students who filed the claim, "puts all universities on notice that they're going to have to make these accommodations for students with celiac, gluten sensitivity and other food allergies," said Marilyn Geller, chief operating officer of the Celiac Disease Foundation. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Learn more about Medicare, Medigap and Medicare Advantage
    “Medicare” may be a household term, but are you familiar with its eligibility guidelines, enrollment processes, benefits and costs? AHIP’s new online course, Understanding Medicare, will educate you about traditional Medicare (Parts A and B), Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage (Part C), and Part D, the prescription drugs program. It makes a complicated subject easier to understand. Enroll today. 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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