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October 2, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Loss aversion could aid in wellness program motivation
    Most wellness programs offer employee incentives for participation, but a recent experiment using teachers and academic achievement tested the idea of giving a reward upfront with a risk of losing it if goals were not met. Researchers said businesses do not have a good understanding of how important loss aversion is to employees. Sally Sadoff of the University of California, San Diego, said some evidence shows using it with teams can be effective. Employee Benefit News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links sitting with risk of chronic kidney disease
    Women who sat for less than three hours per day had a 30% lower risk of chronic kidney disease, compared with women who sat more than eight hours, U.K. researchers said. The study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases found men also were at increased risk, although it was lower than for women and was reduced by regular exercise, such as a half-hour of walking. WebMD (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exergames may help boost physical activity among teens
    Playing active video games, known as exergames, can help teens achieve the recommended levels of physical activity, according to a Canadian study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers looked at more than 1,200 10th- and 11th-graders and found that girls were more likely than boys to play active video games. WebMD (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • More than 15 million Americans are severely obese, data show
    About 6.6%, or 15.5 million, U.S. adults were severely obese in 2010, compared with 3.9% in 2000, according to RAND Corp. data published in the International Journal of Obesity. Data showed the rate of severe obesity -- which is a BMI of 40 or higher or roughly being 100 pounds or more over a healthy weight -- was 50% higher in women than in men and twice as high for blacks as for Hispanics and whites. USA TODAY (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health care utilization in U.S. drops, report finds
    The average number of visits to a medical provider among working-age adults dropped from 4.8 in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010, a Census Bureau report found. Most respondents described their health as either excellent or very good. "The decline in the use of medical services was widespread, taking place regardless of health status," Census Bureau's Brett O'Hara said. Despite that, the average household spent 3.1% more on medical services last year, but spending on pharmaceuticals fell 2.3%. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Economix blog (10/1), (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Probiotics may not help prevent childhood allergies
    Infants at risk for allergies who took a daily probiotic supplement for six months did not face a reduced chance of having allergies at age 5, according to a study from the University of Western Australia. Children's Hospital Los Angeles pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Sonia Michail commented that only certain probiotics may help certain children and even then only modestly. The findings appear in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Reuters (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dieters can be misled by food-label claims, study says
    Consumers who are watching their weight are more likely to be misled by food labels that make health claims, including those on products that say they are free of gluten, trans fats or high-fructose corn syrup, according to a study from the University of South Carolina. Mark Haub, associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, said gluten-free products can have as many calories as regular foods. (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Detroit students create garden for nutrition education
    Students at the Detroit Lions Academy built planter beds for a spring garden that will become part of a nutrition curriculum that focuses on healthy behaviors. The project is part of the NFL team's Living for the City program, and Lions players and their families participated in readying the garden. Detroit Free Press (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Enjoy world-class sessions from Institute 2012
    The Institute 2012 Media Portal gives you access to an exclusive archive of various Institute session recordings and PowerPoint presentations through Dec. 31. Don't miss the opportunity to hear sessions including “Strategies for Helping Consumers Make Prudent Health Decisions” and “Thinking Forward: Doorways to Health System Change.” Get details and purchase access. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Asthma Care Advances compendia highlights health plan strategies
    One in twelve Americans have asthma, disproportionately affecting children, racial and ethnic groups, and low-income individuals. Learn how health plans improve the lives of individuals with asthma by adopting culturally sensitive asthma management strategies. AHIP’s online compendia, “Asthma Care Advances,” and infographic highlights plans’ efforts to increase access to timely and quality care, resulting in better outcomes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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