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October 16, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Dallas hospitals tout efforts to promote healthy eating
    Dallas hospitals say they are ahead of New York City and others when it comes to banning unhealthy foods served to patients and staff and promoting good nutrition. Baylor Health Care System has adopted the Thrive program, requiring 70% of its foods to meet healthy criteria, and Texas Health Resources has the Eat Fit program, which puts lower prices on healthier options, with employees getting the largest discounts. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Fla. employers use incentives to push healthy behaviors
    Florida Power & Light parent company Next Era Energy, Ryder and Baptist Health South Florida are among South Florida employers using wellness incentives to drive healthy employee behaviors. Next Era Energy uses a carrot-and-stick approach by offering incentives of up to $1,640 while threatening to take up to $30 per paycheck from employees and spouses who do not fill out health risk assessments. The Miami Herald (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Young children need 3 hours of exercise daily
    A commentary in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine says medical organizations in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. agree that children younger than 6 should be active for at least three hours a day, spread throughout the day. Researchers said, however, that studies have yet to determine how much physical activity is needed for young children to avoid obesity. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study: Desks that allow workers to stand may improve health
    A practice-based study by researchers at HealthPartners in Minneapolis found work desks that allow employees to stand may reduce health risks linked to sedentary jobs. The study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found the desks increased nonsitting behavior by 224% or 66 minutes per day, and led to fewer reports of upper back and neck pain as well as improved mood. Medscape (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sleep deprivation affects insulin resistance, study finds
    Lack of sleep resulted in a 30% reduction in insulin response in the fat cells of participants, according to a small study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers also found that sleep-deprived participants had nearly three times higher insulin rates compared with those who were well-rested, which could increase their risk of type 2 diabetes. HealthDay News (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data reveal uptick in physician office visits
    Primary care visits from patients with insurance reached 12.7 patients per day in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 12.4 per day during the same period last year, while visits to specialists also inched up, according to Truven Health Analytics. Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and other federal and private initiatives designed to improve health care and curb costs may explain the uptick, a Truven official said. American Medical News (free content) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expand your learning. Not your budgets.
    Are you trying to do more with less? Are you working with smaller budgets but higher expectations that you stay ahead of health care reform implementation? If so, take advantage of AHIP’s year-end sale. When you register for various 2013 conferences by Dec. 31, you’ll enjoy deeply discounted pricing. Get details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP and member plans aim to prevent diabetes
    AHIP recently entered into a cooperative agreement with the CDC to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Program in communities around the country. AHIP is partnering with Aetna, EmblemHealth, Florida Blue and Molina Healthcare to make the program available to individuals at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes in four states. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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