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January 29, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • 4 ways to ensure your firm survives flu season
    It's a particularly rough flu season, and smart companies are taking steps to protect their workers. Among the best strategies: Be generous with sick days to keep the contagious away from the healthy; let employees work from home when they feel up to it; and put a bottle of hand sanitizer on every worker's desk. CBS MoneyWatch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • W.Va. police department gives officers their own gym
    The Parkersburg Police Department in West Virginia used grant money to create a workout facility in a former school cafeteria where Wood County law enforcement officers can get together to relieve stress and stay in shape. The department gives officers three hours per week of duty time to work out and also makes the facility available to their families. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (W.Va.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Miami-Dade Fit-to-Play program improves children's health
    Children and teens in Miami-Dade County's after-school Fit-to-Play program learned about physical fitness and nutrition and were better able to keep a healthy weight and reduce their blood pressure, according to a University of Miami evaluation. Researcher Dr. Sarah Messiah said Fit-to-Play is evidence-based and "a resource for all children in this community that is accessible, affordable and year-round -- something we haven't really had before.” The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Early lunch may lead to greater weight loss, study says
    A study of overweight and obese people who took part in a 20-week weight-loss program found that those who had an early lunch lost an average of 22 pounds, compared with 17 pounds lost by those who ate later, U.S. researchers said. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found that late-lunchers ate less for breakfast, were more likely to skip breakfast and had a lower insulin sensitivity. USA Today (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal report finds decline in childhood exposure to lead
    The average blood level of lead among 1- to 5-year-olds was 92% lower between 2009 and 2010 compared with the recorded level from 1976 to 1980, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency. The number of children living in highly polluted counties dropped from 75% in 1999 to 59% in 2009, but the childhood asthma rate increased from 8.7% in 2001 to 9.4% in 2010. News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fruits, vegetables may cut risk of ER-negative breast cancer
    Researchers looked at data from 20 studies and found that eating more fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of developing estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables, however, was not significantly linked with lower overall odds of developing breast cancer. The findings appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Ky. county thinks small to help people achieve healthy goals
    The Team Up 4 Health program in Kentucky's Bell County used Microclinic International's strategy of attacking health risks at the individual and small group level to help 97% of participants achieve at least one goal, such as reducing BMI or symptoms of diabetes. Health department director Judy Lefevers says when people see their neighbors taking steps to be healthier it will be "contagious" and the program will set a standard for other areas of the U.S. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should breakfast be served after the start of school?
    Lawmakers in Colorado are considering legislation that would require schools where at least 70% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches to serve breakfast after the school day has begun. A sponsor of the bill, Rep. Tony Exum, D-Colorado Springs, said that one goal is to give students more time to eat and that schools can choose how and where to serve breakfast. Some possibilities include a grab-and-go style meal and serving breakfast in the classroom. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)/The Associated Press (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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