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March 13, 2013
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  • Study shows how lack of sleep can lead to weight gain
    Young, healthy adults who were restricted to five hours of sleep per night and had unlimited access to food gained about two pounds in less than two weeks, according to research from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the study participants ate less at breakfast but their after-dinner snacking added up to more calories than any other individual meal. CBS News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Sugary drinks are behind children's high calorie intake
    Increased calorie intake among 2- to 11-year-olds in the U.S. between 2003 and 2010 was mainly attributed to sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For 12- to 18-year-olds, researchers noted that both food and sugary drinks were to blame for the higher intake of calories. HealthDay News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For new moms, heart attack risk is higher with obesity
    An analysis of data from more than 273,000 young new mothers in Denmark found that obese women faced double the risk of heart attacks and strokes in the five years after giving birth. For underweight women, the risk was slightly elevated. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of American College of Cardiology. HealthDay News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Md. parents to push for healthier school meals
    Parents in Maryland's Montgomery County launched the group Real Food for Kids Montgomery to work with public schools on providing healthier student meals. The group is joining forces with Real Food for Kids in Fairfax County, Va., to lobby for fewer processed foods and the elimination of artificial additives, refined white flour and added sugars. The Washington Post (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miss. lawmakers pass bill to ban local nutrition ordinances
    The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill to ban local governments from enacting ordinances that restrict portion sizes, require nutritional information or prohibit toys in meals for children. Supporters said they do not want municipalities to follow the lead of New York City, but opponents said local governments need the ability to fight obesity. Associated Press (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • ACO Summit: Addressing legal and compliance issues
    This unique event, May 15 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C., will focus on the important role of independent physician practices in ACOs, legal and policy issues related to such participation, and cutting-edge examples of market approaches to such arrangements. If you're a small group practice, individual provider, or health plan considering participating in an ACO, don't miss this opportunity. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Innovations in Medicaid managed care report released
    You'll be inspired when you read about programs from 16 health plans that are improving the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries throughout the country. Programs focused 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. Get details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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