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March 15, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • N.Y. firm urges employees to exercise each hour
    Employees at Overit Media in Albany, N.Y., are urged to take a two-minute exercise break each hour. The "OverFit" program specifies which exercises are to be done each hour, and Managing Director Jen Graybeal says it boosts creativity and helps people feel and look better. Fast Company online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stoked Primal routine burns calories with animal-like movements
    An exercise routine called Stoked Primal uses movements inspired by animals, such as the gorilla or panther, for a high-calorie-burning workout. It was created by fitness instructor Kira Stokes, who said she wanted a workout with a lot of movement and variety that could be done anywhere. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • H1N1 flu shot may slightly raise risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome
    People who received the H1N1 influenza vaccine in 2009 are at slightly higher risk than the general population for developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to a study published in The Lancet. Researchers looked at data from 23 million people in the U.S. who received the H1N1 flu shot during the 2009 outbreak and found that 77 developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within 91 days after receiving the vaccine. The vaccine prevented up to 1.5 million cases of flu and as many as 500 deaths, lead researcher Dr. Daniel Salmon said. HealthDay News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links high-fat dairy to higher cancer mortality risk
    Women with breast cancer who ate a serving or more of high-fat dairy products each day had a 49% higher risk of death from their cancer over a 12-year period, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Kaiser Permanente researchers said the link could be higher estrogen levels in milk in Western countries, but officials with the dairy industry said the study did not show cause and effect. San Francisco Chronicle (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Label colors alter perceptions about foods
    A study found that students who were shown candy bars with green calorie labels believed the candy bars were more healthful than bars with red labels containing the same information. "These findings suggest that the design and color of the labels may deserve as much attention as the nutritional information they convey," researcher Jonathon Schuldt said. Food Business Review (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Which snack foods could be banned from schools?
    Newly proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could ban the sale of some snack foods in schools, including Rice Krispies, Fruit Roll-Ups and Doritos, Jacob Gershman writes. What seems to matter most for snack foods are the first two ingredients and whether an item has been fortified with vitamins, Gershman writes, explaining that Rice Krispies may be out because rice is not a whole grain or vegetable. Baked Lays chips may pass muster since potatoes are a vegetable, he writes. The Wall Street Journal/Law Blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
Innovations in Medicaid managed care report released
You'll be inspired by programs from 16 health plans that are improving the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries. The initiatives focus on working with community partners, addressing obesity, and caring for people with complex needs are boosting health care quality and outcomes and helping beneficiaries live healthier lives. Details here.
  AHIP News 
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions, an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Improve your ACA knowledge with convenient online courses
    For a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act, register for AHIP's ACA Compliance Online Series. Available course topics include Medicare, Exchanges, the Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Accountable Care Organizations, with more programs planned in the near future. Earn one credit per course toward the Healthcare Compliance Professional designation. Get details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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