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November 28, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Successful wellness programs follow 5 key steps
    Creating an effective wellness program begins with determining what employees need and then giving them the tools required to succeed, according to the Intuit Small Business Blog. Incentives should be things employees will want to have and the goals set for attaining them should be realistic. Employee feedback also is a good idea. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. weight-loss contest to begin in January
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback challenged executive, judicial and legislative branch employees to form teams and compete in a weight-loss contest that will begin in January and run through May. Brownback said teams offer support and motivation to help people lose weight and he encouraged local governments and businesses to join the challenge. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exercising with a partner may improve workout
    Researchers at Kansas State University found that participants who exercised with a partner showed improved workout time and intensity, by up to 200%. "People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity. We found that when you're performing with someone who you perceive as [a] little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone," researcher Brandon Irwin said. Yahoo/Indo-Asian News Service (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Protection offered by pertussis vaccine may fade over time
    The effectiveness of the DTaP vaccine waned each year that passed since the last dose was given among children in California involved in the 2010 pertussis outbreak, according to a CDC study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers reported that children who had not been vaccinated were nine times as likely to get pertussis as those who had received all five shots in the DTaP series. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC study examines HIV cases in teens, young adults
    More than a quarter of all new HIV cases in the U.S. in 2010 involved 13- to 24-year-olds, and 60% didn't even know they were infected, CDC researchers said. They noted that only a small percentage of high-school students and young adults have ever been tested for HIV. HealthDay News (11/27), Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily soda consumption may increase prostate cancer risk
    Drinking one normal-sized soft drink a day raised men's odds of developing a more aggressive form of prostate cancer by about 40%, Swedish researchers found. They also said that a diet rich in carbohydrates was linked to a 31% greater risk of having milder forms of prostate cancer. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Video game encourages students to eat right, exercise
    Beginning in the spring, health educators in some Sacramento, Calif., schools are expected to begin testing a video game designed to encourage healthy eating and fitness among students. Students who play the game will find that their avatar grows stronger when they log more real-life physical activity and make healthy nutritional choices, such as skipping dessert. United Press International (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students with milk sensitivities face challenges at some Ill. schools
    Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must serve milk. However, students are not required to take a milk with lunch, and schools can provide substitute drinks upon parent request, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture officials. Still, students in some Illinois schools say they believe drinking milk is their only option during lunch. Some district officials say a doctor's note is needed before a school can serve an alternative drink to a student with a milk allergy. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Communication Strategies for a Consumer-Centric Market
    Join us from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 5 to learn how to communicate effectively with consumers to create a positive and long-lasting member experience. The webinar will include a discussion of communication preferences including creative uses of new media, as well as examples of using data and consumer insights to refine and create highly targeted and relevant communications. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Keep up with AHIP news -- Follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter
    Follow @AHIPEducation on Twitter for updates related to AHIP’s various educational offerings, including conference news, upcoming webinars and the latest online health insurance courses. View our profile. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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