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October 30, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Cities, employers use active design to get people moving
    Cities and companies are adopting "active design" principles to promote healthy lifestyles, such as outdoor trails and offices that encourage workers to get up and move around. Architects are designing buildings with exposed stairwells and outdoor decks while employers are moving printers and coffee machines away from individual work areas, forcing staff to get up and walk. USA Today (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study looks at minority youths' response to health monitoring device
    A team of research students involved in the KNOWME Networks project looked at the effect of using a wireless and wearable device that tracks metabolic health, physical activity and vital signs on in a group of minority youths. The device -- equipped with Bluetooth-enabled sensors that transmit data to smartphones and to KNOWME's server -- allows data to be translated and assessed in real time by the researchers. They found that the subjects were willing to wear the device and listen to their health recommendations. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health app aids patients in measuring, tracking heart rate
    Azumio has created a mobile health application called Cardio Buddy to enable consumers to leverage any smartphone camera to detect their heart rate in real time based on facial coloration changes. The app also lets patients monitor and measure their overall heart health by providing a history and analysis of their readings. Healthcare IT News (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • FDA: Eye drops, nasal sprays pose a danger to children
    Tetrahydrozoline, naphazoline or oxymetazoline found in over-the-counter eye drops such as Visine and nasal sprays such as Sudafed and Afrin can cause serious harm in children when swallowed, FDA officials warned. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission showed that more than 4,500 children younger than age 5 were injured by eye drops between 1997 and 2009, while more than 1,100 were injured by nasal sprays. WebMD (10/25), Los Angeles Times/Science Now blog (tiered subscription model) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower obesity risk, higher exercise rates seen in Amish children
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that Old Order Amish children were about 3.3 times less likely than non-Hispanic white children from Maryland's Eastern Shore to become overweight. Researchers also found that OOA children spent an extra 34 minutes daily engaged in light physical activity and an extra 53 minutes daily in moderate/vigorous exercise compared with the Eastern Shore group. News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Are you ready? Prepare for Exchanges Dec. 5 and 6
    At AHIP’s Exchange Conference, Dec. 5 and 6 in Chicago, the mix of sessions on consumer engagement, plan management, preparing for year one, and more, will address both the immediate steps required, and mid- to longer-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Defined Contributions are Changing Employers’ Benefits Strategies
    Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 14 to learn how private exchanges with a defined contribution can provide benefit solutions that enhance quality and control costs. Speakers will discuss how employers have launched defined contribution strategies and the factors that contributed to their success. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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