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October 15, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • States take different approaches to wellness incentives
    States take varied approaches in applying wellness program incentives, leading to different premium assessments for employees. Oregon's Public Employees'[ Benefits Board studied 15 states in deciding how to structure its wellness plan, which officials say is successful with an 86% participation rate. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (free registration) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blue Cross grant helps Minn. county see fitness gains
    St. Louis County's wellness program has one of the highest rates of employee preventive health care usage of any employer in the Blue Cross system. The Minnesota county also wanted to emphasize fitness, so the insurer gave it a $150,000 grant, which paid for small-group training sessions that led to weight loss and lower blood pressure readings and body fat levels for participants. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Sprint intervals help burn calories in less time
    Sprint-interval training for just 2.5 minutes helped participants burn up to 200 extra calories, a study presented at The Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting indicated. The results may not translate into weight loss, but short, intense workouts may help in maintaining a healthy weight, researchers said. Medical News Today (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Getting more sleep improves child behavior, study finds
    Elementary-school children who went to sleep earlier than their routine bedtime were more emotionally stable and alert in class than those who went to bed later, Canadian researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They also found that the children who lost about 54 minutes of sleep each night appeared very tired, more impulsive and more irritable compared with their well-rested peers. CNN/The Chart blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer life span, lower BMI are seen among vegetarians
    Vegetarians and vegans had a longer life span, lower BMI and lower insulin resistance compared with people who eat meat, according to a study presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. The researchers also noted that pesco-vegetarians and semi-vegetarians showed "intermediate protection" from lifestyle diseases. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prolonged periods of sitting increase diabetes, mortality risk
    A review of 18 studies found that sitting for long periods was associated with a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death, even when people exercised. Writing in the journal Diabetologia, researchers underscored the importance of lowering overall sitting hours and breaking up the time with standing or walking. BBC (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds no link between B vitamins and colon cancer risk
    A combination B-vitamin supplement that includes folic acid (B-9), B-6 and B-12 neither increased nor lowered a person's risk of colon cancer, according to a study of more than 5,400 older women involved in the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. The findings appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • People happy with their community are healthier, poll shows
    A Gallup poll of more than 353,000 people found those who are happy with their community are healthier than those who are are not. The survey found people who said their community was safe for exercise scored 16 points higher on a physical health index than those who said their area was not a safe place for a workout. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fall Forum workshop: Promoting wellness and consumer loyalty
    What are the best ways to reach consumers and motivate them to focus on healthier lifestyles? What role do social media play? How can you best strengthen relationships with your members? Answer to these questions and more will be answered at the opening workshop at AHIP’s Fall Forum. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mitigate risk when transitioning to ICD-10
    Business continuity and operational neutrality are two critical objectives of a successful ICD-10 transition. Learn the steps that are necessary to address risks around clinical, benefit, financial and operational parameters. Join us for a webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 23 to understand how risks can be effectively addressed during each phase of ICD-10 transition. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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