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February 12, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Giving employees a "nudge" increases wellness participation
    Wellness plans can use behavioral economics to drive participation, giving employees a "nudge" to get them going, says Evive Health CEO Peter Saravis. DTE Energy in Michigan used a Weight Watchers mailing aimed at couples to encourage them to keep each other committed to dieting, and the State of Nebraska sent employees a scratch-off mailer that showed how much money they would save by enrolling in a PPO option as a way to get them to act. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. school districts make employee wellness a priority
    Colorado school districts are hiring wellness coordinators, offering free exercise classes and preventive health screenings, and opening an employee clinic as the emphasis on student health expands to include teachers and staff. Kaiser Permanente, which provides health care for employees in 83 Colorado districts, is working on new programs specifically for schools, where teachers and staff often are not sitting at a desk all day and have wellness needs that are different from other professions. Education News Colorado (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teens with diabetes have more sedentary lifestyles
    Overweight teens with type 2 diabetes were less active and spent more time sitting compared with their obese counterparts who did not have diabetes, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Overweight teen girls with diabetes also showed lower heart and respiratory fitness levels than obese girls without diabetes. (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Study: Following sodium limits would save thousands of lives
    Cutting back on salt intake from current levels to 2,300 milligrams a day -- the upper end of the federal guideline -- could save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next 10 years, according to research published in the journal Hypertension. Even a more gradual reduction in salt content among restaurant and processed foods could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives in 10 years, largely by reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sandy takes toll on residents' health habits
    Residents of states most affected by Superstorm Sandy showed a 12% decline in exercise habits after the storm, data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index showed. Affected residents were also less likely to report healthy eating habits following the storm, researchers noted. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • New Ulm, Minn., wellness project shows positive results
    Halfway through a 10-year "Heart of New Ulm" project to improve the Minnesota community's cardiovascular health, data show lower rates of high blood pressure and cholesterol, a stable obesity rate, and a small drop in weight across the population. The project has broad community support and data is tracked using electronic medical records at New Ulm Medical Center, where more than 90% of the 13,000 residents get their health care. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Missoula wellness plan emphasizes children, physical activity
    The Let's Move Missoula board said its wellness initiative for the Montana city will focus on putting healthier snacks and drinks in school vending machines and cafeterias, expanding the area bike path and trail, and encouraging day care and preschool programs to emphasize healthy eating and physical activity. The board will take public comments on the plan and would like to see policy changes and programs enacted by 2014. Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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  AHIP News 
  • Strengthening services and support for dually eligible beneficiaries
    As your organization joins stakeholders working to best serve the needs of dual eligibles, attending AHIP's Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., can help inform your approach. You’ll enjoy learning from experts, including Melanie Bella, Director, Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Practical Advice for Automating Value-Based Reimbursement
    Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 28 to learn about the latest solutions to the concern of moving to innovative care without being hindered by claims processing systems limitations. While each plan will set its own claims processing policies and structures, moving to integrated approaches to innovative care will require thinking on both a policy and a systems level. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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