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March 14, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Study suggests e-mail could be vehicle for wellness promotion
    Researchers reviewed more than 5 million employee e-mails at Healthways offices in the U.S. and found that obese workers were more likely to send messages to one another, according to a report in PLoS One. It led to the creation of a corporate social network map showing which employees were most influential to co-workers and which were likely to pick up health traits such as being thin or overweight. Study co-author Dr. Elizabeth Rula said the data suggest e-mails could be used to promote health campaigns in the workplace. CBS News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Steelworkers in Tampa get help in battle against diabetes
    Steelworkers in Tampa, Fla., with pre-diabetes report each week to the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA to meet with a health coach and learn how to make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes. The program, part of a joint CDC-YMCA initiative, focuses on setting realistic nutrition and exercise goals. TBO.com (Tampa, Fla.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fitness 
  Health News & Research 
  • Smoking cessation reduces heart risk despite weight gain
    Quitting smoking significantly lowers the likelihood of heart attack or stroke even if it leads to gaining an average of six to eight pounds, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The few additional pounds gained after kicking the habit had no clear impact on cardiovascular health, researchers said. Reuters (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Structured weight-loss program improves BMI in poor children
    More than half of overweight or obese children from low-income families who participated in the TennCare Weight Watchers Partnership Program, a structured weight-management initiative, improved their BMI scores, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. The results suggest that physicians should consider referring young patients to such programs to combat obesity, researchers said. Examiner.com (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study explores tooth loss, heart disease risk factors
    As adults lose teeth, they face higher levels of an enzyme that promotes inflammation and atherosclerosis, high LDL cholesterol, hypertension and high blood glucose levels. The international study, presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, also found a link between gum bleeding and high blood pressure as well as higher levels of LDL cholesterol. The researchers did not find causal relationships, and the precise nature of the connection remains unclear. HealthDay News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Gallup: Majority support federal rules for healthy school meals
    The majority of Americans surveyed in a recent Gallup poll said they support federal regulations that define nutritional standards for school meals. There also is some support for limiting foods sold in school vending machines, snack bars and bake sales, but few respondents said they would back policies prohibiting students from bringing packed lunches to school. Overall, most Americans said federal regulations for school meals would be somewhat helpful in reducing childhood obesity, but most agreed it is no silver bullet. Gallup.com (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Privacy regulation: Significant changes ahead. Learn more.
    HHS issued a "Mega Reg" that addresses numerous aspects of patient privacy. The new rule will strengthen the privacy and security protection for individuals' health information in an ever-expanding digital age. Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on March 21 for a webinar, when legal experts will dissect the changes, provide analyses and present experienced commentary. Get details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's here: the AIS Directory of Health Plans: 2013
    Available in print or CD, the AIS Directory of Health Plans: 2013 allows you to make smart decisions based on solid data. Use the directory to identify market trends, gain insight into health plan models, determine which networks may best serve for your organization, develop benchmarks and more. Visit the AHIP Store to get your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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