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January 11, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Rules aim to make offering wellness plans easier, experts say
    Proposed federal rules under the Affordable Care Act that increase incentive limits to encourage corporate wellness programs were written partly to counter future efforts by government agencies to restrict such plans, according to benefits expert Andy Anderson of Morgan Lewis and Bockius. To avoid litigation, experts say employers should pay attention to amended standards in the rules for nondiscriminatory "health-contingent" wellness programs. Human Resource Executive (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Gender, age are key factors in wellness participation
    Gender and age are key factors in whether employees participate in a telephone-based wellness program, according to a study from StayWell Health, Management in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Steve King of St. Mary's Hospital-SSM Health Care of Wisconsin said that the study questions some assumptions employers have about the relationship between corporate culture and wellness programs. Health Behavior News Service (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RD: Water aerobics can be a good workout for weight loss
    Do not discount the weight-loss value of water aerobics, even though it seems low-impact and a bit slow, dietitian Nicole German writes. The workout is great for people who are obese or recovering from an injury, and activities such as water kickboxing and aqua jogging can be active calorie burners. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Most employees misjudge their overall health condition
    A study of 2,800 employees and their dependents found that although almost 90% see themselves as healthy overall, more than half are overweight or obese. Employees need to have a more accurate view of their health to take any necessary action, said Joann Hall Swenson, health engagement leader at Aon Hewitt, one of the companies involved in the study. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA demands dosage cuts for some sleep meds
    The FDA is ordering makers of brand-name and generic sedative-hypnotic drugs, or insomnia treatments with active ingredient zolpidem, to reduce dosages for women. Studies find that high levels of the drugs remain in the bloodstream, which can raise the risk of car accidents by affecting coordination and alertness. Dosages for regular products should be lowered from 10 milligrams to 5 milligrams, while dosages for extended-release formulations should be reduced from 12.5 milligrams to 6.25 milligrams. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/10), The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts cite emotional eating as weight-loss barrier
    In a survey of 1,328 licensed psychologists, 43% of respondents mentioned emotional eating as a weight-loss hurdle and 44% said understanding and regulating emotions and behaviors associated with weight are key to effective weight loss. Cognitive therapy, problem-solving and mindfulness are good weight-loss strategies, according to more than 70% of the respondents. The findings will be published in Consumer Reports magazine. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular vitamin D intake may not help ease arthritis pain
    Vitamin D supplements failed to yield significant improvements on pain measures among adults with knee osteoarthritis, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The vitamin D group and the placebo group had the same changes in knee cartilage volume as well as knee function, researchers said. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Wal-Mart funds Arkansas health initiative
    Wal-Mart said it will give $670,000 to the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative, which is aimed at containing costs and creating a more patient-centered health care system in the state. "It's critical that large, self-insured companies like Wal-Mart be involved in this complex work that has the potential to serve as a model for the rest of the nation," said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. Drug Store News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. town to begin program to encourage walking
    The Regional Healthcare Foundation in Dexter, Mo., will begin a Walkers for Wellness Project next month to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking and to encourage people to log their walking time. It's not a contest, but participants are eligible to win prizes and incentives are available for those who show a drop in blood pressure or weight loss during the program. The Dexter Daily Statesman (Mo.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
Time for Affordability
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will help millions of people get coverage for the first time, but the new health insurance tax, costly benefit requirements, and age rating restrictions will drive up the cost of coverage for millions of consumers and employers. Check out to learn more about the factors driving health insurance premiums.
  AHIP News 
  • Need Your DM Program to Succeed? Turn to DM Direct
    AHIP’s DM Direct program is comprised of AHIP member companies -- the industry’s leading disease management suppliers -- and offers guidance to companies interested in purchasing the products and services that will help advance their DM programs. DM Direct companies, such as Health Management Corporation, help people take control of their health by utilizing the most innovative, user-friendly and cost-efficient programs and products in the industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Secure your AHIP 2013 conference sponsorships
    Sponsorship opportunities are available for AHIP 2013 conferences such as the National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., and Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Reach hundreds of health care decision-makers who attend AHIP conferences to learn and network. Contact AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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