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January 23, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Wellness expert says best incentive range is $250 to $600
    Cash or other incentives are better than penalties in motivating workers to participate in wellness programs, experts told the Shape Michigan Expo in Grand Rapids, Mich. Kristine Sapak of Priority Health said the "sweet spot" for employee incentives is between $250 and $600 per year but companies first must find out what will work with their staff. MiBiz (Michigan) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PE could help children meet physical activity goals
    A study found that daily physical-education classes would raise children's amount of exercise by about 23 minutes, helping meet more than one-third of the daily recommended physical activity goal. The combination of daily PE classes, brief activity breaks in classrooms and active commuting to school would give children 58 minutes of exercise, researchers reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. HealthDay News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • More work needed to curb obesity, rural Californians say
    Data from a Public Health Institute poll showed a majority of registered voters in rural California consider obesity a major health concern, both across the country and where they live. Researchers also found 96% of respondents said doctors and nurses should play a role in obesity prevention, 91% said schools should be a part of it, 79% said food and beverage companies should join the effort, and 67% said employers should participate in the obesity battle. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds exercise after meals lowers triglyceride levels
    A small study from Japan found that people who took a brisk walk and did some resistance training one hour after a meal decreased the postprandial elevation of triglyceride levels by 72%, compared with a 25% reduction when the exercise was done before eating. The study was published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Medscape (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Children who spend more time at dinner table weigh less
    Children who eat with their families for at least 20 minutes four times a week have lower body weight than those who stay at the table for only 15 to 17 minutes, according to a study in Economics and Human Biology. The results suggest communication and scheduled meal times play key roles in children's weight, researchers said. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Boston among cities where weight-loss challenge does not work
    Boston officials are trying to figure out what went wrong with its citywide challenge to lose a total of a million pounds, which is coming up short by 900,000-plus pounds with just a few months to go. Oklahoma City was successful in its weight-loss program, but initiatives in other cities are showing low participation and disappointing results. The Wall Street Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Register for AHIP’s new Dual Eligibles Summit
    Join AHIP on March 12 in Washington, D.C., for the Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost to examine issues related to access, care integration and quality measurement. You’ll enjoy sessions such as “Integrating Behavioral Health, Physical Health and Personal Support Services” and “State Strategies for Streamlining and Aligning Initiatives.” Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Secure your AHIP 2013 conference sponsorships
    Sponsorship opportunities are available for AHIP 2013 conferences such as the National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., and Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Reach hundreds of health care decision makers who attend AHIP conferences to learn and network. Contact AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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