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October 8, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Wellness companies offer employers different approaches
    Companies that set up wellness programs for employers use different approaches, but Debi Heck, an executive at American Specialty Health in San Diego, says health risk assessments followed by personal action plans are key components. American Specialty also offers telephone coaching and an online reporting tool to measure engagement, while Sonic Boom uses social media and competitions and MD Revolution creates a health profile showing employees measurements such as metabolism, fitness, fat and bone mass. San Diego Business Journal (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Climbing Jacobs Ladder makes for a good cardio workout
    Jacobs Ladder, a fitness machine that is popular among military special forces and on "The Biggest Loser" TV show, offers an intense workout that exercises multiple muscles to burn more calories. The climbing machine can get a person's heart rate up while being gentler on joints. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Analysis finds vitamin C supplements lower blood pressure
    People with hypertension who took high doses of vitamin C supplements lowered their blood pressure, Johns Hopkins researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The analysis was a review of data from 21 clinical trials that used an average dose of 500 milligrams per day for a median time period of eight weeks. (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 years of allergy shots offers long-term protection
    Three years of immunotherapy is enough to provide children and adults long-term protection against asthma and other allergies, Polish researchers reported in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Taking the shots for just three years instead of the recommended three to five years also lowered the total health care costs by 33% to 41%. United Press International (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sucrose-sweetened drinks raise fat levels, study finds
    Overweight participants who consumed sucrose-sweetened drinks such as regular cola showed higher fat levels at six months compared with those who drank other beverages, according to a small study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said those who drank regular cola increased liver fat by 132% to 143%, skeletal muscle fat by 117% to 221% and visceral fat by 24% to 31%. Blood triglycerides increased 32%, and total cholesterol was up 11%, researchers added. (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Trails stretch 100 miles through S.C. county
    More than 100 miles of trails wind through Spartanburg County in South Carolina, and officials said more will be added. Laura Ringo of Partners for Active Living said the group received grant money to create a trail plan that could include linking existing networks and identifying where new trails are needed. Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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