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February 8, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Trucking companies participate in "Weight Loss Showdown"
    PGT Trucking's "Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown" included drivers and staff from six carriers who followed the Lean for Life program and were monitored by a weight-management company. Health coaches gave participants weekly advice, information about nutrition and lifestyle changes, and encouragement. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. school district's wellness center focuses on prevention
    Panama City's Bay District Schools deputy superintendent Sandra Davis says the new employee wellness center offers health risk assessments that are a starting point for discussions about health concerns. Nurse practitioner John Hipes says he works at the free clinic because he believes in its focus on preventive health care, which lowers costs for employees. News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Wearable cameras may be better for health tracking
    Microsoft's SenseCam device fared better than a standard accelerometer in monitoring sedentary activities, a study found. Another study revealed using the wearable camera helped better assess food intake and calorie consumption in participants. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Gizmag (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • 3 cancer screenings get Consumers Union's recommendation
    The Consumers Union recommended just three of 11 cancer screenings, for colon, breast and cervical cancers, in the March edition of Consumer Reports. Researchers, who based recommendations on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force data and other evidence, and said most people do not need to be tested for bladder, lung, oral, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, skin or testicular cancers and that screening can lead to unnecessary additional testing or treatment. Medscape (free registration) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts find higher stroke risk with Southern diet
    People who reported eating Southern fare -- such as fried, salty and processed foods -- almost daily were up to 30% more likely than those who consumed less of such foods to have a stroke, a study showed. Researchers also found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables had a 15% to 26% lower risk of stroke than those who ate them only once a week. The findings were presented at the American Stroke Association meeting. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Campbell teams with chef on heart health
    Campbell is promoting women's heart health in February in partnership with chef Antonia Lofaso of "Top Chef All Stars" on Bravo. has tips and recipes, and fans can submit their own stories of caring for their hearts for the chance to win a kitchen makeover valued at $50,000. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Fla. schools try to make lunches more appealing than snacks
    Students in Pinellas County, Fla., are not always happy with changes to the lunch menu to make it healthier, but the district is trying to make meals more appealing so students are less likely to choose snacks. Seasonal foods, frozen yogurt and fruit smoothies are menu regulars, and the district held a competition for lunchroom employees to find the best way to present salads and sandwich wraps. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colorado Health Foundation takes aim at food deserts
    The Colorado Health Foundation will give $7 million in loans and grants to help grocers and retail developers increase access to nutritious foods in urban food deserts or underserved rural areas. Retailers say it is difficult to find funding to build new stores in these areas and they risk revenue loss if customers do not change their eating habits. The Denver Post (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Time for Affordability
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will help millions of people get coverage for the first time, but the new health insurance tax, costly benefit requirements, and age rating restrictions will drive up the cost of coverage for millions of consumers and employers. Check out to learn more about the factors driving health insurance premiums.
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Institute 2013: Payment/Delivery Reform, IT, Quality Care
    From the torrid pace of change taking place with innovative payment and delivery system reforms, to the leveraging of information technology at all levels of care, and public and private purchasers demanding greater value for health spending, AHIP’s Institute 2013, June 12 to 14, will help you navigate these uncharted paths. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The AHIP Select Program
    Laying the groundwork to implement health care reform at your organization involves finding and working with organizations that can support your efforts. From complex data analysis to information technology solutions, AHIP Select Program Members specialize in providing products and services for the health care industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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