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October 22, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Onsite clinics draw interest of Washington, D.C., employers
    Some employers in the Washington, D.C., area see a return-on-investment from their onsite health clinics, and others are studying the issue to see if the upfront cost is worth it. Discovery Communications says it will save about $2.2 million this year when comparing clinic costs to visits with a private physician, while Montgomery County is seeking proposals for a clinic that would be open to all employees. The Washington Post (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospital employees have higher health costs, study says
    Hospital employees had 9% higher health care costs compared with the general workforce, along with higher emergency department usage and more admissions for chronic illness, according to a Truven Health Analytics report. The study found hospital staff also were less likely to participate in wellness programs or get preventive health screenings. Forbes (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Virtual 5K program gets Dircks employees moving
    Dircks Moving Service agents around the U.S. participate in the Virtual 5K fitness program that helps them stay healthy and raise money for United Way. Rick Dircks says the Phoenix-based company is doing well in weekly competitions and he is increasing his own participation while being a cheerleader for his employees. American City Business Journals/Phoenix (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. town opens outdoor workout circuits for residents
    Outdoor workout circuits offering exercise equipment for the public to use are open at Indian Creek Park and the Jupiter Community Center in Jupiter, Fla. The venues are part of a community investment program. The equipment allows people to create a workout targeting all major parts of the body and two of the stations are wheelchair accessible. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup unveils app to inform users on small activities' health benefits
    A mobile application from startup firm 100Plus that uses the data set of Practice Fusion aims to help people improve their health by making small behavior changes. The app has a Lifescore feature, which offers information on how small activities such as walking or taking the stairs instead of an escalator influence users' long-term health. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Higher BMI raises hospitalization risk in study
    Data on nearly 250,000 Australian participants showed that every additional BMI point was tied to up to a 4% higher risk of being hospitalized for a variety of conditions within a two-year period. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity. Reuters (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Weight loss does not guarantee lower heart risk in diabetes
    Overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients who participated in an intensive lifestyle intervention lost more weight at one and four years compared with those who had a standard diabetes support and education program, data from the Look AHEAD study revealed. However, those in the lifestyle-intervention group did not show lower rates of myocardial infarction, stroke, hospitalizations for angina or cardiovascular death, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • "Grocery Store for a Day" comes to a New Orleans neighborhood
    The Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition set up a "Grocery Store for a Day" in a New Orleans parking lot, and residents said it was a good first step toward getting access to healthy foods. The Lower Ninth Ward has not had a major grocery store in about 20 years, and the availability of healthy food diminished even more after Hurricane Katrina. WWL-TV (New Orleans) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Program educates students about food, agriculture
    A program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is designed to teach low-income and at-risk students about sustainable agriculture and food distribution. The Food What?! program, which held a recent Harvest Festival for middle- and high-school students, grows 20 to 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables on its farm and offers internships that can lead to paying jobs and training programs for high-school students. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Expand your learning, not your conference budgets
    Have your conference budgets been reduced while the expectations that you stay ahead of health care reform implementation remain high? AHIP can help. Take advantage of special year-end pricing on various conferences when you register by 12:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 31. Choose from AHIP’s National Policy Forum, Institute 2013, Medicare/Medicaid Conferences, and Fall Forum. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mitigate risk when transitioning to ICD-10
    Business continuity and operational neutrality are two critical objectives of a successful ICD-10 transition. Learn the steps that are necessary to address risks around clinical, benefit, financial and operational parameters. Join us for a webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 23 to understand how risks can be effectively addressed during each phase of ICD-10 transition. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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