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March 12, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • NuVal helps Meijer with weight-loss contest
    Meijer and NuVal are working together on the Nu-Me Weight Loss Challenge, a three-month contest for Meijer employees that comes with $15,000 in prizes. The challenge includes an internal portal with weight-loss strategies and suggested weekly activities. Progressive Grocer (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Fitness parties are a growing trend for business, pleasure
    U.S. gyms host fitness parties for special occasions, such as business conferences, birthdays or college reunions, with pole-dancing parties among the most popular with younger women. The parties are good marketing tools for gyms and fitness instructors and are part of a trend toward having healthier events at business functions. Reuters (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study assesses effectiveness of iron supplements in young children
    Iron supplementation increased the hemoglobin and iron levels of children ages 2 to 5, according to an analysis in the journal Pediatrics. However, none of the trials in the study showed that the supplements helped reduce children's odds of having iron deficiency or iron-deficiency-related anemia. Evidence linking the supplements to improved brain development was limited and weak, researchers said. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Bloomberg defends soda rule after judge strikes it down
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks that are larger than 16 ounces and said the city will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the measure hours before it was to take effect. State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling called the ban arbitrary and said the "loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose." National Public Radio/The Associated Press (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. schools encouraged to begin breakfast programs
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has launched the Connecticut No Kid Hungry campaign with the anti-hunger group End Hunger Connecticut, which will seek to increase participation in school-breakfast programs. Statewide, about 64% of schools offer breakfast. The 300 schools in the state not currently offering breakfast will be sent letters asking them to begin such programs and also will be encouraged to serve meals in the classroom. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Prepare for 2014 at AHIP’s June Exchange Conference
    AHIP’s next Exchange Conference, June 12 in Las Vegas, will bring together thought leaders in business, government and health care to share implementation updates and next steps, and address your questions. The Exchange Conference is being held in conjunction with AHIP’s Institute 2013, providing you an opportunity for additional learning and networking. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health Reform Dental Mandate and What It Means to You
    Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on May 8 to learn about essential dental pediatric health benefits outlined by the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will guide health plan executives on evaluating whether and how they offer dental services, understanding the requirements, and learning what they need to accomplish in order to be "reform ready." Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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