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January 22, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
 
  • Financial wellness is top issue for companies, survey shows
    An Aon Hewitt employer survey found 80% listed financial wellness as a top priority in 2013 and 61% are helping workers look ahead to retirement. The survey of 425 U.S. employers also showed 86% will focus communication initiatives on helping workers understand how much savings they need for retirement. BenefitsPro.com (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies put emphasis on increasing employee well-being
    A company that struggled with health care costs and productivity issues used Healthway's Well-Being Assessment tool to help employees create personalized plans, which included access to coaches, that led to higher scores on well-being measures. LuAnn Heinen of the National Business Group on Health said measuring well-being in the workplace is a "continuation of the evolution we've seen in worksite wellness." Human Resource Executive (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  Fitness 
  • Higher activity levels have little effect on children's BMI
    Overweight and obese children attained only a 0.11-point reduction in BMI for every 100 counts-per-minute increase in exercise levels, suggesting that higher physical activity rates may not significantly improve body weight in such a population, a study in Australia showed. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics. DailyRx.com (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • More U.S. children don't get immunizations on schedule
    A study in JAMA Pediatrics of more than 300,000 children born between 2004 and 2008 found the percentage who were late on at least one vaccine rose from 42% to 54%. More than 1 in 8 children were undervaccinated because their parents' choices, researchers said. Reuters (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caffeinated, sugary drinks raise type 2 diabetes risk
    A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed one serving of a caffeinated, sugar-sweetened drink was associated with a 13% increased risk of type 2 diabetes in one patient group, while a serving of a decaffeinated sugary beverage or a decaffeinated artificially sweetened drink was tied to 11% and 6% increased risk, respectively. However, researchers found coffee or tea intake may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes onset. FoodConsumer.org (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Minn. dietitian plans to open grocery store in food desert
    Registered dietitian Larry Hunt said he plans to open a grocery store offering nutritious foods in Lincoln Park, a neighborhood of Duluth, Minn., considered to be a food desert. Hunt said the store will offer healthy foods and produce, along with nutrition classes, but would also have to carry products such as soda to make sure it was financially successful. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. State program urges students to make healthy changes
    North Carolina State University's One Change program tries to get students to make one healthy behavior change each week for six weeks and adopt one habit they can follow all year, said University Dining dietitian Lisa Eberhart. Suggestions include exercise, eating more healthy foods or relaxation. Eberhart says it is important to get college students moving because they often become more sedentary than when they were in high school. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The AHIP Select Program
    Laying the groundwork to implement health care reform at your organization involves finding and working with organizations that can support your efforts. From complex data analysis to information technology solutions, AHIP Select program members specialize in providing products and services for the health care industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stay ahead of the curve
    Mark your calendar for March 13 and 14 for AHIP’s 2013 National Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. Senior Administration officials, health plan leaders, key Members of Congress and their staff, along with recognized experts from across the health care spectrum will share their insights on policy developments and trends affecting our nation’s health care system. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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