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December 11, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Experts: Caregiver employees need wellness programs
    More than half of Americans who are family caregivers also are employed, but there is a lack of employee wellness programs that address their higher levels of stress, says Renée-Marie Stephano of the Corporate Health and Wellness Association. Wellness experts say employers need to recognize the problems faced by caregivers because they can have an effect on employee absenteeism and presenteeism. The Huffington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Curbing health insurance costs is a key concern for employers
    A survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota found that 49% of employer respondents cited health insurance cost containment as a main health-related concern, followed by 35% who cited decreased productivity. Obesity, stress and lack of exercise were found to be the top three health conditions that worry employers. Alex Alonso of SHRM said that "the advantages of having a healthy, fit workforce are likely the reason why more than half of organizations currently have wellness programs." (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
  • Stick to an exercise routine during the holidays, experts say
    Americans gain about a pound on average during the holidays, but fitness experts advise sticking to an existing workout rather than adding new goals to compensate for over-indulging. Trainer Tracy Anderson says the most important thing is to be consistent about exercising, and says to "eliminate the word diet from your vocabulary for three days before and after a holiday." Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Online tool provides catch-up vaccination schedules
    An online tool created by the Georgia Institute of Technology and CDC researchers allows doctors and parents to develop an individualized catch-up immunization schedule for children's missed vaccinations. The site has received nearly 63,000 visits since its debut in January. Vaccine News Daily (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests overeating can predict drug use in youths
    Data from the Growing Up Today Study involving 16,882 9- to 15-year-olds showed that those who had a habit of overeating or binge eating were more likely to use marijuana or other drugs. Researchers found that binge eating, not overeating, predicted the start of overweight or obesity as well as worsening depression symptoms. The findings appear in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. CNN/The Chart blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for healthy aging begin with diet, exercise
    Diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors influence the cellular processes linked to aging, health experts say. Tips for aging well include baking rather than broiling foods, skipping a meal to reduce calorie consumption, getting moderate amounts of exercise and at least seven hours of sleep, reducing stress, and enjoying a hobby. The Washington Post (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Researchers will study how asbestos has affected Pa. city
    The University of Pennsylvania is using a $1.2 million NIH grant to study how a long history of asbestos production, which led to two EPA Superfund sites, has affected the city of Ambler, Pa. The goals are to clear up misconceptions about asbestos, give residents information on how it affects health, and assess the social and community implications. The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 3 weeks left to save on various 2013 AHIP conferences
    Take advantage of special year-end pricing on AHIP conferences, including the National Policy Forum, Institute 2013, Medicare/Medicaid Conferences and Fall Forum. You'll learn from world-class business, health care and political speakers, and have the opportunity to network with health care professionals from throughout the country. Register by 12:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 to save. Get details and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time for affordability
    AHIP is raising awareness of the factors driving health insurance premiums. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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