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January 31, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • AHIP: Extend wellness benefits to individual health plans
    AHIP president and CEO Karen Ignagni told a health care briefing that reducing barriers to care that will lower costs includes having wellness incentives for people with individual health plans. A demonstration project in the individual market is planned for 10 states, but Ignagni said people need to "think more broadly about how to encourage individuals to participate in disease management and get rewarded for health risk appraisals and following the specific guidelines of their physicians.” Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workwell Lawrence helps employers create culture of health
    WorkWell Lawrence helps employers in the Kansas city encourage a culture of health at work through support and sharing ideas and contacts, says coordinator Carolyn Crawford. The city of Lawrence created a health and wellness committee that oversees initiatives while Kansas University has a collaborative approach that divides responsibility for employee wellness among several offices. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Compulsive exercising can lead to physical harm, experts say
    Experts do not have a formal diagnosis for compulsive exercising but consider it a behavioral disorder that can cause physical harm, interfere with daily living and lead to results that are the opposite of what normal workout routines should achieve. Adam Naylor of Tella Sports Psychology Coaching says compulsive exercising has a "rigidity" factor that does not allow people to make exceptions or trade-offs. The Baltimore Sun/Tribune Newspapers (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Researchers: Many ideas about dieting, obesity are myths
    Researchers at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have listed unproven assumptions and myths about dieting in a report that finds science does not back up many long-held ideas about physical education, crash diets, quick fixes, motivation and even daily weigh-ins. Other obesity experts applauded the report in The New England Journal of Medicine, including Madelyn Fernstrom of the University of Pittsburgh Weight Management Center, who said ideas about obesity are "spinning out of control.” The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu vaccine is safe for children with egg allergies, study says
    Children with a history of severe egg allergy, even anaphylaxis, did not experience an allergic reaction following the administration of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine, U.S. researchers found. They said that a single dose of the vaccine was effective and well-tolerated and that a split dose was unnecessary. The findings appear in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Avoiding meat is better for the heart, research indicates
    Vegetarians were 32% less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than those who eat meat or fish, according to a U.K. study to be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aside from having reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels, vegetarians had lower body mass indices and were less likely to suffer from diabetes than nonvegetarians, researchers said. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links sweetened drinks and tooth decay in children
    Children who drank three or more sweetened drinks daily had 46% more decayed, filled or missing teeth than did peers who did not consume sweetened drinks, a study of more than 16,800 Australian children found. The study, reported in American Journal of Public Health, also found that exposure to fluoridated water significantly reduced the risk for tooth decay in children who drank sweetened drinks. (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Food Recovery Network saved 120,000 pounds of food in 2012
    Students from the University of Maryland who were amazed at the amount of food that was thrown out of cafeterias and after sporting events decided to take action and reduce the amount of food waste in their community. They formed the Food Recovery Network, which picks up leftover food and delivers it to shelters instead of letting it end up in the trash. The initiative has expanded, and last year, students at 12 campuses saved 120,000 pounds of food. The Washington Post (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey shows Calif. beach towns make healthy gains
    A Gallup survey of more than 1,200 people living in the California cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach found less smoking and obesity and more exercising and healthy eating since the Vitality City health initiative began in 2010. Not everyone surveyed participated in the program, but Susan Burden of the Beach Cities Health District said the data still show there have been substantial shifts in community wellness. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
Health Systems Change Initiative Launched
AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions (IHSS), an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Click here to learn more.
  AHIP News 
  • Registration is open: AHIP’s new Dual Eligibles Summit
    AHIP’s new Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., will address issues related to access, care integration, and quality measurement for dual eligibles in sessions such as “Integrating Behavioral Health, Physical Health and Personal Support Services” and “State Strategies for Streamlining and Aligning Initiatives.” Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health Exchange Data Management and Data Integration
    Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 5 for in-depth understanding of the role of Medicaid Information Technology Architecture, Business Process Management, Enterprise Service Bus and Service Oriented Architecture in the health insurance exchange world and specific best practices of how to ensure the success of payer-exchange integration projects. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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