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October 26, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Calif. Beach Cities employers take Blue Zones wellness pledge
    Employers in the California's South Bay area are taking the Blue Zones Project Workplace Pledge to implement employee wellness initiatives that keep people healthier and reduce health care costs. The pledge includes 52 action items, and to qualify as Blue Zone Workplaces, employers need to complete two-thirds of them and have at least 25% of employees complete one action item. Easy Reader (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fort Campbell tests expanded civilian wellness program
    Kentucky's Fort Campbell is looking at extending its Civilian On-Duty Wellness and Fitness Program, which gives employees one hour of work time three days a week for exercise and fitness programs. A new pilot project extends eligibility from a six-month period to a longer timeframe and puts the program on the honor system so employees have more freedom to exercise and only are required to log their activities in a journal. The Fort Campbell Courier (Ky.) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study explores views of generic drugs
    Minorities may be more likely than whites to believe generic drugs have more side effects or are inferior compared with their branded counterparts, a study published in Ethnicity & Disease found. Nonetheless, minority patients are as willing as members of other ethnic groups to participate in generic substitution programs, the researchers found. Behavior News (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wider colonoscopy use tied to lower incidence of colon cancer
    The decline in the number of colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. between 1993 to 2009 correlates with Medicare's decision to extend the colonoscopy coverage in 2001, a study showed. The findings, published in the journal Gastroenterology, suggest a link between colonoscopy rates and lower incidence of colon cancer, but failed to prove a causal relationship. HealthDay News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools & Community 
  • Seattle urban-farming plan could increase access to healthy food
    Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed leasing underutilized city property to commercial farmers for urban agriculture. Groups such as Seattle Tilth already grow produce on small sections of land in the city, says executive director Andrea Dwyer, adding that creating farming businesses "will increase access for all people to healthy, nutritious, locally grown food." Seattle Weekly/Voracious blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. county's schools double fruit, vegetable servings
    Schools in Wake County, N.C., are offering students four servings of fruits and vegetables, rather than two, at lunch as part of its implementation of federal standards for school meals. To help entice students to choose the healthy options, school-nutrition professionals are packaging fruits and vegetables in "kid-friendly containers." WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Access Institute‚Äôs videos and presentations through Dec. 31
    The Institute 2012 Media Portal gives you access to various Institute recorded sessions and PowerPoint presentations through Dec. 31. Don't miss out on sessions including “Thinking Forward: Doorways to Health System Change” and “Strategies for Helping Consumers Make Prudent Health Decisions.” Get more information and purchase access. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Preparing for OCR Audit
    If you store, process or transmit personal health information, be prepared for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) audit. Industry leaders will tell you why it’s important to prepare, review key issues the OCR will review and discuss common corrective actions in a webinar. Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 30. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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