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October 11, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Wellness experts say incentives are big part of company plans
    Industry experts said companies have quickly caught on to the benefits of using employee incentives and penalties to drive wellness program participation. Aon Hewitt medical director Dr. Michael Cryer said he never expected the percentage of companies linking biometric outcomes to incentives would increase from 4% to 25% in one year. Tom Billet of Towers Watson said companies also are using financial incentives to get more people engaged in wellness programs. Reuters (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bell Helicopter leads in offering wellness incentives in Fort Worth
    Bell Helicopter, one of the biggest employers in Fort Worth, Texas, has been offering wellness programs and health incentives for more than 10 years. Almost 50% of Bell employees take part in the company's wellness program, Well at Bell, which offers its employees medical screenings, health guidance, healthy menu options at the cafeteria and a $300 incentive. KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • USDA says 1.5 million people use online SuperTracker tool
    About 1.5 million people use the USDA's free, online SuperTracker tool for healthy eating and physical activity, officials say. A feature that allows people to set personal calorie levels to meet weight-loss goals was showcased this week at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. The Boston Globe/Nutrition and You! blog (tiered subscription model) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • CDC: U.S. mortality rates dropped slightly in 2011
    The mortality rates for five out of the 15 main causes of death in the U.S. fell significantly from 2010 to 2011, but the average life expectancy remained at 78.7 years, according to a new CDC report. The rate of deaths from heart disease and cancer, which make up 47% of all U.S. deaths, dropped by 3% and 2.4%, respectively. The mortality rates declined for both men and women. WebMD (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans drink diet beverages, CDC data show
    More people have consumed diet drinks in 2012 than in 2000, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said, but overall, only 20% of people choose diet beverages on any given day. Data show that sugar intake from regular soda dropped from 150 calories per day in 2000 to 91 calories in 2008. USA TODAY (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links magnesium intake to lower risk of colon cancer
    An analysis of studies that included about 339,000 people found that every 50-milligram increase in daily magnesium intake led to a 7% reduction in the risk of colon cancer, Chinese researchers reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Previous research linked increased magnesium to a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and stroke. Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables; meat; grains; milk; and starches. NutraIngredients (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • La. anti-obesity program teaches families about healthy lifestyles
    UnitedHealth Group and the Louisiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs are offering a yearlong weight-loss program aimed at obese children for New Orleans-area families on UnitedHealth's Medicaid plan. The Join for Me program teaches families to make lifestyle and dietary changes and shows overweight children the "Yes! and less" system of what foods to eat. CNBC/The Associated Press (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietitian helps parents understand new school lunch rules
    Parents in Boise, Idaho, who are concerned their children do not get enough to eat at lunch under federal nutrition rules usually are less worried once district dietitian Peggy Bodnar explains that students determine what they eat. Students must choose from three of five food groups, including one vegetable or fruit. But Bodnar admits that the meals, which are aimed at the average student, may not be enough for athletes who need more calories. KIVI-TV (Boise, Idaho) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Connect with health plans, save $500
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  • Streamline your operational and administrative processes
    How can you leverage data, information, and analytics to streamline processes within your organization as you continue to focus on high quality and affordable care for your members? Find out when you attend AHIP’s Fall Forum, Dec. 3 to 5 in Chicago. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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