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October 23, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Employees can cash in on wellness incentives at Mich. company
    Healthy You wellness program incentives can add up for employees at Herman Miller's Design Yard in Holland, Mich., such as reimbursements of $120 a year for being part of a weight-loss program and $100 for buying a bicycle. Employees can get $300 to offset fees for being part of a sports league or team, from $260 to $780 for completing a health risk assessment and other preventive care, and $25 to $50 per paycheck if they participate in wellness challenges. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. council recognizes wellness efforts of local businesses
    The Wellness Council of Arizona recognized the efforts of local businesses in promoting health and wellness in the workplace. Each local business had different wellness initiatives. Able Engineering & Component Services invested in a wellness and fitness center, healthy cafe, and full-time trainers; Buffalo Exchange offers cash incentives to employees who complete biometric scans and risk assessments; and Suntec Concrete has monthly health coach visits and a weight-loss challenge. American City Business Journals/Phoenix (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adequate sleep may lower injury risk among teen athletes
    Middle- and high-school athletes who got eight or more hours of sleep a night had a 68% lower risk of suffering an injury than those with less sleep, a study found. Researchers reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics' conference that gender and playing time were not significantly tied to the risk of getting injured. HealthDay News (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Pediatric group says organic produce is not necessary
    Organic products may reduce children's exposure to pesticides, but its nutritional value is no better than that of conventional food, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A report released at the group's annual meeting said that since organic foods are more costly, it's fine to buy conventionally grown produce if buying organic would reduce the overall amount of healthy food a family can afford to buy. However, families who can afford it may choose to buy organic for particular fruits and vegetables, the group said. Family Practice News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report ties fructose to higher cardiometabolic risk
    Consuming fructose-sweetened soda may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome, an analysis in Current Atherosclerosis Reports showed. Soda consumption was also associated with higher triglyceride rates, body weight and visceral adipose tissue, researchers noted. (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parental stress may increase childhood-obesity risk
    Parents with a higher number of stressors were more likely to have obese or overweight children than were those with fewer stressors, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. However, researchers found that parental stress did not significantly affect children's fruit and vegetable intake or their physical-activity levels. WebMD (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Students eat less junk food when schools offer free fruit
    Students in Norway who were offered free fruit during school were less likely to consume junk food and drink soda, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that in 2008, after Norwegian schools implemented a fruit program, students consumed, on average, 4.4 unhealthy snacks each week -- down from 6.6 per week before the program began. Research shows the programs were most effective among disadvantaged students. (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas State Veggie Fair appeals to more than just vegans
    The Third Annual Texas State Veggie Fair attracted vegans and vegetarians, along with people who were open to trying new food options. Fred Hoang-Davis of Zombie's Food Truck said people are surprised by how flavorful the food is, and Chris Oller of Denton Vegan Cooperative added more people understand that vegan food is both healthy and good for the environment. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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  AHIP News 
  • Streamline your operational and administrative processes
    How can you leverage data, information and analytics to streamline processes within your organization as you continue to focus on high quality and affordable care for your members? Find out when you attend AHIP’s Fall Forum, Dec. 3 to 5 in Chicago. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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