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February 4, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Workplace incivility can be costly for companies, report says
    Incivility or rudeness in the workplace is commonplace but costly for employees in terms of increased stress and for companies through lower productivity and quality, according to a report in the Harvard Business Review. When employees are rude to each other, experts said, it lowers creativity and can hurt customer relations if it is done publicly. Harvard Business Review (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Core workouts get too much hype, experts say
    Exercises that target midsection muscles are important for strength, but University of Waterloo professor Stuart McGill says a popular emphasis on core workouts has led to "a lot of nonsense" and is really a fad. Fitness experts say a strong core is important in fitness and in everyday life, but doesn't require special equipment or training. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • FDA warns against excessive use of acetaminophen
    People who take more than one over-the-counter drug containing acetaminophen and exceed the recommended daily dose are at risk of liver damage, and may develop flu- or cold-like symptoms, the FDA said. The agency also warned about the risk of combining alcohol and acetaminophen. HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Abdominal fat tied to death risk in heart disease
    Data on more than 15,000 heart disease patients showed those who were of normal weight overall but had relatively large waistlines were 27% more likely to die than people who were obese but whose fat was distributed in other areas of their bodies rather than around their waistlines. The findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicate physicians should consider distribution of weight in evaluating risk, the researchers said. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research links sugary beverages to teen weight gain
    Teens who stopped drinking beverages containing sugar gained four fewer pounds over a year than did those who continued to have them, and that number jumped to 14 fewer pounds for Hispanic adolescents, according to research published in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the Obesity Society's annual meeting. A second study found that teens who drank sports drinks and sodas gained weight. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study cites health issues for teens linked to energy drinks
    Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar contain about 160 milligrams of caffeine in a 16-ounce can and can pose health risks to teens, including rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and obesity, according to report in the journal Pediatrics in Review. Daily intake of more than 100 mg of caffeine is considered unhealthy for teens, lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson said. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • USDA proposes stricter rules on school snacks
    The number of calories in snacks sold to students at vending machines or outside the school lunch line should not exceed 200, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a proposal on Friday. Under the proposed rules, schools also are encouraged to sell water, low-fat and fat-free milk, and 100% juice drinks. Setting higher standards for school snacks will mean "the healthy choice is the easy choice for our kids," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Save $500 on your AHIP Affiliate Organization Membership through Friday, March 15, when you mention the discount code AffiliateOrg13. Becoming an Affiliate Organization Member is a great way to learn about the solutions health plans are seeking, and to showcase your products and services. For details, contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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