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January 17, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Gallup: Being happy at work is linked to healthier lifestyle
    Research from Gallup showed employees who are engaged in their work are more likely to have a healthy diet and to exercise more frequently. The report said it was not clear whether workers who did not have healthy lifestyles were more likely to get sick, reducing their chances of being engaged at work, or if those who were not engaged in their jobs were less likely to have healthy behaviors. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employers must address growing disability costs
    As people live and work longer, disability will become a greater cost concern for employers, write Marcia Carruthers, Clare Miller and Cyndy Nayer. They suggest several solutions to deal with the issue, including communicating employee-assistance-program benefits better and using wellness programs to be more proactive in targeting health issues in workers. Human Resource Executive (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Childhood vaccine schedule is safe, IOM says
    A report released by the Institute of Medicine showed no evidence that following the federally recommended childhood immunization schedule can lead to chronic diseases or developmental disorders. "The message is that the schedule is safe by all existing data," said Dr. Pauline Thomas, an IOM adviser. CDC's guideline calls for 24 vaccinations by age 2 and allows children to get up to five vaccines in one office visit, but data indicate that up to 40% of parents follow alternative vaccine timetables for fear of adverse reactions. USA Today (1/16), Reuters (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ALA: Only 2 states earned A's on tobacco control
    Alaska and North Dakota were the only states that received an A rating for their efforts to curb tobacco use, while more than 40 states got failing marks, the American Lung Association said. The group said that the government missed an opportunity to regulate and tax new tobacco products to prevent smoking among young people. In response to the report, the FDA said, “This Administration has initiated an unprecedented array of actions to reduce tobacco use and stop people from taking up smoking, particularly among youth." WebMD (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties family behaviors to weight control in children
    A study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology found children and their families who either followed the Positively Fit program or a brief family intervention program with a dietitian lost weight from pre-intervention to post-intervention and at one year. Family engagement is key to encouraging healthier eating and exercise behaviors in children, a researcher said. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diets high in sugar, fats do not raise health risks in seniors
    A high-sugar, high-fat diet was not associated with an increased prevalence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease or death in adults age 75 and older, a study showed. However, a higher risk of hypertension was seen in those who ate a diet high in sugar and dairy, researchers said. The findings were published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Minn. bill would make reduced-price school meals free
    Lawmakers in Minnesota are considering legislation that would make more school meals available to students for free. Under the bill, meals now served at a reduced price would become free. "If we increase participation in the program because those kids who qualify for reduced will now start eating, then of course getting more kids to eat is always a good thing," said Tom Fish, food coordinator for St. Peter Public School. KEYC-TV (North Mankato, Minn.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Apply today: national recognition for improving asthma care
    The EPA’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management aims to recognize innovative and comprehensive asthma programs that address environmental triggers, foster high-performing collaborations and partnerships, and improve the daily lives of those with asthma and their families. EPA will award exceptional health plans, providers and community organizations. Call for applications are due on Feb. 12. Apply today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Connections, Convergence, and Collaboration. Institute 2013
    The way individuals, clinicians, purchasers and others think about health coverage, services and personal responsibility is changing as our health care system is transformed. These changes have far-reaching consequences that will reverberate for decades. Learn to navigate these changes through connections, convergence and collaboration at Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, you’ll find answers. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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