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March 11, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Physical activity may help lower cortisol levels in children
    U.S. researchers monitored the physical activity of 252 8-year-olds and found that those who were less active had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than active children. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, suggest that exercise can boost mental health through the regulation of the stress hormone response to stressors. RedOrbit (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brisk walking improves stroke survivors' quality of life
    Survivors of ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke who participated in a brisk outdoor walking program for three months had greater improvement in quality of life scores than a massage therapy group, a Jamaican study found. The walking group did better in six-minute endurance tests and had lower resting heart rates compared with the massage group. The findings appear in the journal Stroke. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Americans show optimism on health but may lack access to resources
    Despite data showing widespread obesity and diabetes, 90% of Americans see themselves as healthy, according to a survey by Penn, Schoen & Berland, while 81% see people in their communities as healthy. Respondents listed regular access to doctors and health care facilities as well as healthy food choices among the most important factors in their health. However, respondents who valued community health resources most had limited access to them. (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Erratic temperatures bring early U.S. allergy season
    Erratic warm and cold temperatures have led to an early spring allergy season in parts of the U.S., experts said. Dr. Stanley Fineman, past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said temperature shifts lead to a pollen release pattern that creates a "priming effect" in allergy patients, causing worse symptoms that may be more difficult to control. Medscape (free registration) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Welch's report: U.S. families prioritize eating together
    About 85% of Americans say eating with family is a favorite time of the day, and 71% said they eat family meals as often or more than they did when they were children, a survey by Welch's indicates. "Parents are making mealtimes a priority in order to share a moment with their children," said Sarah-Jane Bedwell, a registered dietitian and a member of Welch's Health and Nutrition Advisory Panel. Progressive Grocer (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • N.Y. district finds healthy meals are recipe for success
    School meals are more popular than ever in one New York district since nutrition professionals began serving made-from-scratch meals. "These students are our future and to educate them, you have to have a good food service program for them. If they're not getting healthy good food, their minds aren't working," said district chef Jerry Carr. WETM-TV (Elmira, N.Y.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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  AHIP News 
  • Inspiring sessions fill the agenda at Institute 2013
    You’ll leave the general sessions at Institute 2013 energized and ready to tackle the challenges ahead. Sessions include: “Frontline Payer-Provider Innovations Transforming Local Care Delivery”; “Shared Risk, Shared Opportunities”; “Cost Containment Strategies for an Evolving Marketplace”; “Meeting Expectations in a Changing Health Care System: Stakeholder Perspectives”; “Accelerating Disruptive Innovation throughout Health Care”; and “Where Technology, Genomics and Consumerism Can Take Health Care.” Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Protect Medicare Advantage
    Proposed changes to Medicare Advantage payments will impact the 14 million beneficiaries who rely on this critically important part of Medicare. Combined with the cuts included in the health reform law, these changes will likely result in higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits and fewer health care choices. Join the Coalition for Medicare Choices to preserve Medicare Advantage. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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