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February 15, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Consultant tells employers to make wellness a top priority
    Wellness consultant Dee Edington said he urges employers to put employee health at the same organizational level as safety and quality because all three represent a potential threat to the organization if they are not handled correctly. Edington said employers who connect employee health with business costs are bringing services to the work site, and companies that have established clinics find they are "pretty cost-economical." Longview News-Journal (Texas) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. employers get healthy workplace honors
    Stew Leonard’s was among the Connecticut employers honored by the Business Council of Fairfield County for its wellness program, which helped reduce health costs by 9% from 2011 to 2012. Rachel Grossman of The Ashforth Company, which also was honored, said programs such as walking groups have been team builders that bring together people from different departments. The Hour (Norwalk, Conn.) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Smoke-free laws may lead to lower premature birth rates
    Data from 606,877 live, singleton babies born in Flanders, Belgium, between 2002 and 2011 showed a decline in the number of preterm births following the implementation of smoke-free laws beginning in 2007. Belgian researchers found no evidence of a downward trend in preterm births in the years or months before the smoking bans. The findings appear in the British Medical Journal. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thousands of cancer deaths in U.S. linked to alcohol
    Alcohol is responsible for approximately 3.5% of cancer deaths in the U.S., an estimated 20,000 deaths a year, according to a study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health. On average, each case represented 18 years of lost life, and the greater the alcohol intake, the greater the risk. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Utah resolution calls for more attention to obesity problem
    A resolution in the Utah Legislature calls for state leaders and residents to take obesity more seriously, and while it does not call for a mandate, it could allow the state to provide education to help people adopt healthier lifestyles. State Rep. Stewart Barlow, who is a physician, introduced the resolution and said obesity needs to be addressed on the individual and community level. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Asthma Care Advances compendia highlights health plan strategies
    One in 12 Americans have asthma, disproportionately affecting children, racial and ethnic groups, and low-income individuals. Learn how health plans improve the lives of individuals with asthma by adopting culturally sensitive asthma management strategies. AHIP’s newly launched online compendia, Asthma Care Advances, and infographic highlights plans’ efforts to increase access to timely and quality care, resulting in better outcomes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save $500 on connecting with health plans
    Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member is a great way to learn about the solutions health plans are seeking, and to showcase your products and services. Through Friday, March 15, you can save $500 on your membership when you mention the discount code AffiliateOrg13. For details, contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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