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October 4, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
 
  • Wellness programs reduce employee absenteeism, survey shows
    An ADP Research Institute survey found 53% of midsize companies and 58% of large employers that offer wellness programs said the initiatives have helped reduce their absenteeism rates. About half of respondents said absenteeism hurts productivity and about one-third said it reduces profitability. BenefitsPro.com (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • La. hospitals tout success of employee wellness programs
    Early data on the Healthy Lives wellness program at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, La., show reductions in the percentage of at-risk workers and 10% lower health insurance costs for employees, officials said. Lafayette General Medical Center's wellness programs include preventive screenings that help employees catch medical problems early, nutrition counseling and a health club. The Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Northwestern University’s MS in Medical Informatics
Earn your master's in medical informatics (MMI) online from Northwestern University. Offered in partnership with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, MMI students learn to use technology to improve the design, implementation, management and evaluation of enterprise-wide healthcare information systems. Find out more.

  Fitness 
  • Fitness experts weigh in on popular workout trends
    Fitness experts say the TRX Suspension Trainer and high-intensity interval training are workout trends that have benefits for many people, while minimalist running shoes may not be a good idea for everyone. They say CrossFit may be challenging for people beginning a workout, but using myofascial release can help ease sore muscles for people at any level. FoxNews.com (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  Health News & Research 
 
  • Federal report finds supplement labels make illegal claims
    An HHS Inspector General's report said 20% of 127 weight-loss and immune-boosting supplements were found to have labels making illegal claims about curing or treating disease. The report said people could be risking their health and wasting money buying these products, many of which do not have scientific study data behind them. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Indoor tanning linked to greater likelihood of skin cancer
    U.S. researchers analyzed 12 studies involving more than 9,000 nonmelanoma skin cancer patients and found indoor tanning bed use was linked to a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. "We could prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers each year by avoiding tanning beds," lead investigator Dr. Eleni Linos said. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  Schools & Community 
  • Healthiest State Walk gets Iowa residents moving
    Residents of Mason City, Iowa, walked through the downtown area Wednesday during the state's 1K Healthiest State Walk, part of Gov. Terry Branstad's push to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Some walkers wore blue to show Mason City was chosen as a demonstration community for the Blue Zones Project. The Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OrganWise Guys program is a child-friendly way to fight obesity
    Tennessee schools are adopting the OrganWise Guys obesity-prevention program that teaches elementary students about nutrition and wellness using organ-shaped characters, such as Hardy Heart, Madame Muscle and Sir Rebrum. Russell Cliche of Hamilton County Schools says the curriculum is in-depth but in a child-friendly way, showing students how organs are affected by lifestyle behaviors. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Disruptive innovation leading to better health care
    What technology breakthroughs are having the biggest affect on our health care system? What types of disruptive innovations are leading to the most promising improvements? At AHIP’s Fall Forum, Dec. 3 to 5, UCLA Health System’s Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH, and Scripps Translational Science Institute’s Eric Topol, MD, will provide answers and inspiration. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP’s new online course explains ACOs
    Accountable Care Organizations are being developed across the country as a way to achieve the “three-part aim” - better health care for individuals, better health for populations, and reduced health care expenses. Learn more about ACOs with AHIP’s new online course, “Accountable Care Organizations.” Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."
--Ralph Nader,
American political activist, author, lecturer and attorney


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