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December 6, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Online and onsite wellness programs each have advantages
    Online wellness programs are popular and study data show they are effective, but experts and companies say in-person programs also have advantages, such as building camaraderie. American Leather in Dallas had a successful weight-loss competition with its onsite staff, but Ryan Turnbull at Los Angeles brokerage firm Poms & Associates says such programs may miss people who prefer the anonymity of an online program. Human Resource Executive (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Incentives continue to drive wellness program participation
    Wellness programs and incentives continue to be popular with businesses, but the success of wellness programs still depends on employee participation. Incentive Research Foundation's 2011 study showed that only 1 in 5 employees participate in wellness programs without incentives. Jennifer Goforth Gregory of Intuit recommends creating a program that meets the needs and targets the health issues of employees, and using incentives that people want. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • More Americans consider obesity a major health concern
    A Gallup survey found that Americans consider access to and the cost of health care to be the most urgent problems. Researchers also found that more Americans find obesity to be a major issue, with 16% saying it is an urgent medical problem, compared with only 1% in 1999. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies linking food, cancer risk are often unconvincing, experts say
    U.S. researchers analyzed studies on 50 foods, including dairy, breads and spices, and found conflicting evidence for most about their effects on cancer risk, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One researcher said too many studies with weak evidence associated specific food ingredients with cancer risk, scaring people into changing their diets, only to have the data refuted. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers say evidence against sodium does not add up
    Columbia University researchers said scientific data on the health benefits of reducing sodium are controversial, despite the push to lower salt intake. The report in the journal Health Affairs found that many studies show little or no association between salt intake and high blood pressure, and the researchers said to conceal the scientific uncertainty of the issue is bad science and bad policy. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Farm to Schools program is part of Wis. county's wellness plan
    The Farm to Schools program in Wood County, Wis., is a regular part of the curriculum and food service program in all six school districts, helping both students and local farmers. It also is part of a broader community wellness program that includes local businesses and emphasizes exercise and healthy eating. Forbes (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts.
  AHIP News 
  • New influenza vaccination resources for health professionals
    National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 2 to 8. The single, best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. To observe NIVW, the CDC has released new print materials, social media tools and additional resources for healthcare professionals. Resources can be downloaded online and used to develop targeted messaging around influenza vaccination. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 7 to learn how health plans can maximize available resources to ensure members are receiving the right care in the right setting from the highest quality providers. Speakers will discuss inter-dependencies between various business units and the need to meet competing priorities within an organization. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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