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December 12, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Treadmill desk creator says work hours can be walking hours
    Work hours do not have to be sedentary hours, says Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix who developed a treadmill desk prototype in 2005. A Mayo study estimated people could lose up to 66 pounds in a year simply by using a treadmill desk for two to three hours daily, walking at a pace slow enough that they do not break a sweat. Entrepreneur online/Daily Dose blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physical activity extends life expectancy, researchers find
    Participation in at least two and a half hours of moderate activity a week added almost six years to black women's life expectancy, Canadian researchers found. They said that white men who were physically active at age 20 were expected to have an extra two and a half years of life compared with inactive peers. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • U.S. life expectancy improves, but with chronic illnesses
    Data from the United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings showed that Americans' life expectancy increased by about 1.7 years between 2000 and 2009, while the number of premature deaths and deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer declined since 1990. However, researchers found that the country has an adult obesity rate of 28%, a diabetes rate of almost 10% and a hypertension rate higher than 30%. Reuters (12/11), USA Today (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food taxes could lead to healthier eating habits
    New Zealand researchers found that each 1% price increase for fatty foods may lead to a 0.02% decrease in intake, while a 10% price increase for soft drinks may reduce consumption by 1% to 24%. A 10% price decrease for fruits and vegetables was associated with a 2% to 8% increase in consumption, researchers noted. The results appear in PLoS Medicine. HealthDay News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children with bedroom TVs have higher obesity risk
    A study to be published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed children who had a TV in their bedroom had a twofold increased risk of high fat mass compared with those who had no TV. Bedroom TVs were also associated with larger waist size and higher fat levels in the bloodstream in children, researchers said. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Memphis residents work to shed pounds, fattest city label
    Memphis residents are working hard to lose pounds and the distinction of being the fattest city in the U.S. Churches are organizing weight-loss programs for members, the city has a record number of new farmers markets, and a "greenline" offers hundreds of miles of trails for runners, bikers and walkers. CNN (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conn. students have a say in what is offered for lunch
    Hall High School students in West Hartford, Conn., are getting a say about what is served at lunch by taste testing new healthy menu items created by Rich Products Corp. Participating students fill out a questionnaire about the taste test items, rating appearance, portion size, taste and whether the food is an improvement over current cafeteria offerings. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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