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January 21, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Collaboration is important to wellness success, experts say
    Collaboration between employees and managers is important to wellness program success, according to experts with The Greenlining Institute and Prevention Institute, who reviewed research and interviewed small-business owners. Good wellness programs use multiple strategies that focus on employees and the work environment, while the least-effective policies link an employee's health insurance premiums to health-related behaviors or the attainment of benchmarks. The Hill/Congress Blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Real estate executives say work environment is a top issue
    A survey of corporate real estate executives showed 93% said the quality of the work environment and work experience is the most urgent issue for their firms. CoreNet Global, a commercial real estate association that conducted the poll, said the industry should adopt a work-life approach to productivity that includes employee wellness, engagement and satisfaction. EHS Today (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Vibrating platforms may be an exercise option for seniors
    A vibrating platform may be a way for older adults to exercise and gain strength, speed and agility, Spanish researchers reported in the journal Maturitas. The platforms cost from $150 to $3,000, and other studies have shown mixed results, so Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says the jury is still out as to whether they are worthwhile. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Analysis: No link between eggs, coronary heart disease, stroke
    A meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal found no link between egg consumption and the risk for stroke or coronary heart disease overall. However, in a subgroup of patients with diabetes, those who consumed the most eggs had a 54% increased risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with those with the lowest intake, researchers reported. Forbes (1/15), (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Military deployment may put children at risk for drug abuse
    Researchers looked at 14,000 youths in grades 5 through 11 included in the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey and found that those with deployed parents or siblings had a 14% higher risk of drug abuse than their peers. Military deployment of parents or siblings was associated with an increased likelihood of both recent and lifetime drug use, but it wasn't linked to smoking. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Health. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Nashville lacks neighborhood programs that target diabetes
    Parts of Nashville have a big problem with high diabetes rates, and while the city has programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity, they do not target the disease in neighborhoods where it is most prevalent. A pilot program called Teen Choice, funded by the state, helped some children lose weight, and the United Neighborhood Health Services is increasing its diabetes counseling staff and expanding its clinic. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More playgrounds in Chicago are deemed safe for children
    Playgrounds across Chicago showed a slight improvement in terms of quality and safety in 2011, averaging a safety score of 67%, up from 61% in 2010, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Poorer areas and neighborhoods with more children had fewer playgrounds and a greater percentage of playgrounds with low safety scores, researchers said. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Connect with health plans in 2013
    Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member connects you with health plans through ongoing communication and networking opportunities. To start showcasing your solutions to health plans, contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navigating the health care cross currents -- Institute 2013
    The rapid transformation our system is undergoing has far-reaching implications and affects how individuals, clinicians, purchasers and others think about health care coverage, services and personal responsibility. Learn to navigate these changes through connections, convergence and collaboration at Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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