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December 10, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Cincinnati employers use incentives to keep workers healthy
    The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Roto-Rooter use incentive-driven wellness programs to keep staff healthy, including subsidies for maintaining a bicycle and reductions in insurance premiums for getting preventive health care. Roto-Rooter executive vice president Gary Sander said regardless of insurance coverage, "if you have a sick group, you're still going to have a lot of claims." American City Business Journals/Cincinnati (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fitness 
  • PE classes are used to teach students healthy habits
    A middle-school physical-education teacher in North Carolina is working to transform his district's PE curriculum. Andrew Cambruzzi teaches students about the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits -- helping them to develop good habits early. He also assigns homework to students, such as taking a walk with their parents or preparing a healthy meal at home. "I understand the value of the core classes," he said, "but a healthy body equals a healthy mind." The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Studies: Computer use leads to pain for doctors
    Data from two Cornell University studies showed physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are spending more time at the computer and paying a price in repetitive strain injuries linked to poorly designed work spaces. One study found that most female physicians and more than 40% of the males had repetitive strain-related pain in the neck, shoulder and back at least once a week. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests obese women should eat 3 meals each day
    A study to be published in the journal Obesity showed that obese women who ate three meals a day had lower fat levels in their blood than did women who ate the same calories spread over six small meals. University of Missouri researchers said eating fewer but bigger meals is better metabolically and could lower the risk of heart disease. United Press International (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Study shows food choices, concerns in Pittsburgh food deserts
    Data from a study of two Pittsburgh neighborhoods considered to be food deserts found about 50% of residents worried their food would run out before they could go to a full-service grocery store and 42% said they did run short. The Rand study showed all retailers in both neighborhoods who sold edible items offered junk food but few offered fruits and vegetables. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • District prepares food differently for students with allergies
    School nutrition professionals in an Iowa district say they work to protect students with allergies to gluten, peanuts and other foods. The 70 students in the district with food allergies receive modified menu plans from a staff dietitian. Based on that menu, students receive different foods, and the way in which the food is prepared is changed. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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  SmartQuote 
Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
American physician, writer and poet


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