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January 2, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Mass. offers tax credits for employee wellness programs
    Massachusetts kicked off the new year by offering businesses tax credits for up to 25% of the cost of creating an employee wellness program, up to $10,000 per year. Marina Lebo of Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness said the programs can be as simple as holding a lunch-time exercise program but over the long-term could keep people healthier and reduce insurance costs. WGGB-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fitness 
  • Recess is crucial to child development, AAP says
    Withholding recess time as a form of punishment or for academic reasons may be detrimental to child development, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement. Aside from improvements in children's attentiveness and behavior in school, safe, supervised recess gives them a chance for unstructured play and social interaction and creativity, the group said. USA Today (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Review: Slightly obese patients show lower mortality risk
    Overweight and slightly obese participants showed a 6% lower mortality risk compared with their normal-weight counterparts, according to an analysis of almost 100 studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, morbid obesity was still associated with a nearly 30% increased risk of dying, researchers said. Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oral cleft defects occur in U.S.
    The CDC found that an estimated 7,000 U.S. children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate annually. Treatment for these conditions yields excellent outcomes, an expert said. A March of Dimes report cited prenatal smoking as the biggest risk factor for oral clefts. HealthDay News (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kindness may boost happiness and popularity among preteens
    Preteens who were asked to do three acts of kindness every week for four weeks were happier and more popular among their classmates, according to a study in the journal PLoS One. The findings suggest that performing "positive acts" could even help fight bullying in school. BBC (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Pediatric group calls for doctors in every school district
    The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, said that each school district in the U.S. should have a doctor to oversee health services and that all schools should have a nurse. The group recommends that these doctors have an expertise in pediatrics or be certified pediatricians, with specific knowledge on risk management, vaccinations, sports medicine and disease outbreak control. Reuters (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Share ideas at AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit
    AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., will convene policymakers, advocates, providers, health plans, and community-based organizations to examine the latest federal and state developments and discuss issues related to access, care integration, and quality measurement for dual eligibles. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Affiliate Organization Membership—your connection to health plans
    Health plans are looking for companies with innovative products and services as they focus on high-quality, affordable care for their members. Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member is an ideal way to connect with these plans. Get details, and contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them."
--Rose Kennedy,
American philanthropist


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