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November 30, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Companies use wellness plans to prevent future health costs
    Companies can ask or even require employees to participate in wellness programs as a way to maintain health insurance benefits but they cannot force them to achieve a set goal, such as losing 40 pounds, says John Murray, CEO of insurance broker Rose & Kiernan. Wellness programs can help prevent chronic diseases, and Murray says companies that eliminate future high-cost claims may come close to freezing health costs. American City Business Journals/The Business Review (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Americans fall short of USDA's nutritional recommendations
    Children and elderly people appeared to have healthier diets compared with younger and middle-aged adults, while Hispanics were more likely than blacks and whites to eat healthy food items, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, none of the groups came close to a perfect score of 100 based on the Department of Agriculture's recommended food intake, researchers said. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links smoking, drug and alcohol abuse to early stroke
    Researchers looked at the medical records of nearly 1,200 stroke patients ages 54 and younger in the U.S. and found that in 2005, the most recent year covered, more than half of them were smokers, while 1 in 5 used illicit drugs. Researchers also found that 13% of them had used alcohol or drugs within a day of their stroke. The study appeared in the journal Stroke. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy behavior may reduce heart risks in chronic kidney disease
    U.S. researchers tracked 3,670 patients with mild to moderate kidney disease and found that those who adopted a healthy lifestyle were 35% to 45% less likely to suffer from a cardiovascular problem or death. The study, presented at Kidney Week, revealed that healthy habits did not significantly lower the odds of chronic kidney disease progression. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aspirin tied to lower risk of liver cancer, death from liver disease
    An analysis of data about aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use by more than 300,000 people appears to indicate that using aspirin was linked to a 41% lower risk of liver cancer and a 45% reduced chance of dying from chronic liver disease. Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use was linked to a 26% lower risk of dying from liver disease, it did not curb the likelihood of liver cancer, researchers said. The findings appear in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • A model school nutrition program
    A rural school district in northern California has been designated as a model in serving healthy meals and educating students about nutrition. The district has gardens at all major school sites, cooking classrooms in all elementary schools and a recently opened culinary arts center. The district also no longer has food delivered, but rather buys local whenever possible and prepares most food from scratch at on-site kitchens. EdSource (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Disruptive innovation leading to better health care
    What technology breakthroughs are having the biggest effect 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
  • U.S. health care spending 101 iPad App
    AHIP has released a new iPad app that consolidates 50 years of data from the Congressional Budget Office, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Management and Budget into a series of simple, interactive charts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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