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October 5, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Dallas auction house employees use U.K. plan to lose weight
    Employees at the Dallas headquarters of Heritage Auctions used the Slimming World program to lose more than 1,300 pounds over 12 weeks. The company did not want a wellness program that used prepackaged meals, pills or complex counting systems so it went with the U.K. plan, which focuses on eating a healthy diet, activity and employee support. EHS Today (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Living near a park does not lead to more walking, study says
    Researchers who studied data from Melbourne, Australia, found how often people walked was not affected by the amount of park land within a quarter-mile of their home. The study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found people who had the most parks or fields within a half-mile or larger radius were 35% less likely to walk once per week compared with those who had the least amount of parkland in their area. Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Meatless Monday can change eating habits, survey finds
    An online survey by FGI Research found the Meatless Monday campaign has led 73% of people to eat more vegetables, 64% to consume more fruit and 47% to add more whole grains to their diet. Half of survey respondents said they experiment with meatless recipes at home, and 42% say they now try more meatless dishes at restaurants. United Press International (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily low-dose aspirin linked to slower cognitive decline
    A study that included almost 700 older women found those who took a daily low-dose aspirin demonstrated less cognitive decline than those who did not follow the regimen, often used to help prevent heart attacks. University of Gothenburg researchers wrote in the journal BMJ Open that the effects were more pronounced the longer the aspirin regimen was followed but that taking the drug did not affect the risk of developing full-blown dementia. A researcher cautioned that the study did not prove a causal link and said more research is needed before any recommendations can be made to women regarding aspirin use for cognitive function. HealthDay News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans are insured, but fewer use employer-based plans
    The number of people with health insurance is trending upward, while the number of people under employment-based coverage is trending down, according to an analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The coverage rate for non-elderly Americans increased by about a half-percentage point in 2011 to 82%, but employment-based coverage among the same age group was down to 58.4%, compared with 69.3% in 2000. United Press International (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teen smokers are in greater danger of premature death
    Men who started smoking as teenagers and continued the habit throughout their lives had a twofold greater risk of dying prematurely compared with nonsmokers, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers also said that teen smoking was associated with increased odds of developing smoking-related cancers and heart disease. Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Los Angeles wellness program puts focus on calorie intake
    Los Angeles County on Thursday began its "Choose Less, Weigh Less" public health campaign to raise awareness about calorie levels and urge people to watch portion sizes. Obesity costs the county $6 billion a year in lost productivity and health costs. Officials are looking at working with restaurants to reduce portion sizes and possibly taxing sugar-sweetened drinks or prohibiting large sizes of such beverages. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Grocery store on wheels" serves Portland, Ore.
    Central City Concern, a nonprofit in Portland, Ore., partnered with My Street Grocery to create a "grocery store on wheels," delivering healthful food to residents. "The mission of the business is to increase fresh-food access to people who face barriers to healthy eating," said Amelia Pape, co-founder of My Street Grocery. The Oregonian (Portland) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Increase your health care knowledge with AHIP courses
    AHIP’s online courses are updated and new courses are added regularly so that you have the most current and comprehensive education available in the health insurance industry. If you’re considering expanding your knowledge, but don’t know where to begin, consider AHIP’s Learning Paths – training in a sequence that will help you reach a higher level of expertise in your field. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • mHealth: Leading Mobility Trends and Opportunities in Healthcare
    Learn how mobile health can deliver value-added services to consumers and providers, allow consumers self-health management, enable connectivity and collaboration among clinicians, improve management of patients with chronic diseases, and enhance payer-provider business services. Join us Oct. 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET for what is sure to be an engaging discussion. Register for this webinar now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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