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October 1, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Confluence ties incentives to health plan to lower costs
    Confluence Technologies in Pittsburgh increased participation in its wellness plan by tying it to lower health insurance deductibles and copayments. The wellness program had been popular with workers who already were active, but the company found that the new incentives brought in people who were not exercising and led to a 13% reduction in health insurance premiums for 2012. Workforce online (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Basic workout leads to EPOC calorie burn, fitness expert says
    Basic exercises such as push-ups, squats and dead lifts create a good workout because they increase strength and help burn more calories afterward, writes fitness trainer Kyler Crouse. EPOC, or exercise post oxygen consumption, the energy used by the body to bring it back to normal after a workout, can boost metabolism for 12 to 24 hours, he says. The Tahoe Daily Tribune (Calif.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study: More adults use mobile phones, tablets for health data
    The number of adults employing tablets and mobile phones for health data has reached 75 million this year, up from 61 million last year, according to a study by Cybercitizen Health and Manhattan Research. "This trend shows vast potential for changing key dynamics of healthcare delivery, including patient engagement, provider involvement, and how preventive care is incentivized," said Monique Levy, Manhattan Research's vice president of research. Healthcare IT News (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Chocolate may cut stroke risk
    A study of 37,103 Swedish men between ages 45 and 79 found the men who ate about 2 ounces of chocolate per week were 17% less likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who ate little or no chocolate. The study also cited results showing that for men and women, high chocolate consumption cut stroke risk by 19%. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep deprivation raises type 2 diabetes risk in teens
    Lack of sleep was linked to higher levels of insulin resistance in teens, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study in the journal SLEEP indicated. The researchers found that one extra hour of sleep was associated with a 9% improvement in insulin resistance in teens who usually slept for only six hours a night. (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Pa. food desert to get nonprofit supermarket
    Philabundance is opening the "Fare & Square" market in Chester, Pa., a food desert that has gone 11 years without a major grocery store. The store, touted as the nation's first nonprofit supermarket, will require people to become members. It will stock produce, dairy and dry goods but not junk food or health or beauty products offered in other grocery stores. The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • University of Michigan to study student eating habits
    The University of Michigan plans to survey thousands of students about their attitudes toward body image and eating habits to gain insights into eating disorders. Co-investigator Dr. Suzanne Dooley-Hash says eating disorders are a big problem among college students who are away from home for the first time and are under a lot of stress. (Mich.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Trends transforming the health insurance marketplace
    As health plans across the country focus on quality care and affordability, what are the strongest influences? David Brailer, MD, PhD, Chairman of Health Evolution Partners, and Gail Wilensky, PhD, Senior Fellow at Project Hope, will share their insight on trends shaping the health insurance marketplace at AHIP’s Fall Forum, Dec. 3 to 5 in Chicago. Register before Oct. 31 to save. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The 8 Dimensions of Provider Network Optimization
    Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 11 to hear about how the rapidly evolving health care environment is making it imperative for health plans to rethink how they manage their provider network. The speakers will demonstrate how health plans willing to adopt a new approach can improve their quality outcomes. Register for the webinar now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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