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February 11, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Employers can use apps to promote wellness activities
    Applications such as the IBX Wire, FitBit, Endomondo Sports Tracker and Digifit are tools employers can use to give employees information about wellness activities or to help them monitor their efforts. Hotseat is a new app coming out this year that incorporates social accountability and games to create two-minute office activity breaks. Mashable (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Teens with diabetes have more sedentary lifestyles
    Overweight teens with type 2 diabetes were less active and spent more time siting compared with their obese counterparts who did not have diabetes, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Overweight teen girls with diabetes also showed lower heart and respiratory fitness levels than obese girls without diabetes. (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Stress at work not tied to increased cancer risk
    A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 116,000 17- to 70-year-olds found that job stress was not significantly associated with higher odds of developing breast, colorectal, lung or prostate cancers. Finnish scientists said that research that has shown a link between work stress and cancer could have done so by chance or because of factors not involving work stress. The findings appear in the journal BMJ. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies show mixed results on taking vitamin C to prevent colds
    Studies on taking vitamin C to battle a cold have shown mixed results, and taking more than 2,000 milligrams per day may lead to nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain, according to the Harvard Health Letter. Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Harvard Medical School professor, says data show vitamin C taken for prevention may reduce the likelihood or duration of colds and the best way to get it is through a healthy diet. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Iowa district seeks to protect students with food allergies
    Cedar Falls, Iowa, school district officials are considering whether to adopt a districtwide policy regarding students with food allergies, rather than allowing schools to set their own guidelines. As officials work to craft the policy, some are asking that schools not go peanut-free, because it can create a false sense of security for students with sensitivities to peanuts. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Amy Walter just added to the Policy Forum agenda
    Join AHIP at the 2013 National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., for thought-provoking perspectives on economic, financial and ethical matters. Amy Walter, National Editor, The Cook Political Report; Former Political Director, ABC, will lead a discussion during the lunch session “Political Update and 2013 Outlook: Common Ground or More of the Same?” Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report and Infographic: A Hidden Threat to Affordability
    A new report and infographic show that some physicians who choose not to participate in health insurance networks are charging patients fees that are 10 times—and in some cases, nearly 100 times—Medicare reimbursement for the same service in the same geographic area. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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