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December 31, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • 6 voluntary benefits most coveted by employees
    Offering voluntary benefits is an inexpensive way for companies to boost morale, Michael Motyka writes. "The most popular benefits are those which foster health and wellness, and provide for families or individuals in times of need," he writes, noting that disability insurance and life insurance are among the voluntary benefits that employees will be most grateful for. The Employee Benefits Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fitness 
  • Test your commitment to fitness before spending money
    Before investing money in fitness equipment or gym memberships, it's wise to get started for free, Alex Veiga writes. It's easy to exercise without fancy equipment by running, walking or biking, and most gyms offer free trial periods. Once you do decide to commit, use deals offered by other fitness centers to negotiate a membership price and pay for a yearlong contract up front to reap the biggest savings. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)/The Associated Press (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study links asthma to higher pulmonary embolism risk
    Asthma is associated with a higher risk of pulmonary embolism in patients, according to a study in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers found that the incidence rate of pulmonary embolism was 0.93 per 1,000 person-years in patients with severe asthma and 0.33 in those with mild to moderate asthma, compared with 0.18 in the general population. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools & Community 
  • Ala. mayor uses social media to promote wellness
    Prattville, Ala., Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. is using a Facebook page to challenge town residents to improve their health. The site includes health and fitness tips, allows users to share their own ideas, and invites local businesses to offer healthy menus and fitness suggestions. "A physically and mentally fit community is attractive to prospective employers of this region," Gillespie said. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • ICD-10 and 5010 Mandate -- A Technology View
    AHIP offers a mobile-friendly course that provides a basic understanding of ICD-10 code sets, ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversions, and coding diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. The first of several courses focused on providing IT professionals with health care knowledge, this course leads the student toward earning the new Information Technology Professional designation. For details, visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP's immunization compendia highlights health plan strategies
    Immunization Innovations is AHIP's online compendia of pioneering programs and leading best practices for measuring and improving immunization rates. Complete with outreach tools, educational resources, and marketing materials, AHIP's "Immunization Innovations" and infographic highlight promising models that health plans around the country have used to improve immunization rates in all populations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty."
--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar


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