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October 3, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
 
  • Modest incentives boost wellness participation, expert says
    Incentives of $600 per employee per year can lead to wellness participation levels of 75% or more, says United Health Care vice president Chris Galanos. He says an initial incentive should be offered to even the healthiest employees, to cast a wide net and identify emerging risks, while a secondary incentive could be aimed at higher-risk individuals. BenefitsPro.com (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Time off boosts employee morale — and other pleasant surprises
New research reveals that a clearly articulated time-off policy that's fairly, transparently implemented improves employee productivity and morale —creating a happier, more loyal workforce for long term success.
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  Fitness 
  • National Walk to School Day promotes healthy habits
    To celebrate National Walk to School Day today, several schools in Alabama have organized group walks that include students, teachers, parents and others. At one elementary school, students who take the bus to school will be able to participate by walking laps around the area. National Walk to School Day is intended to encourage students to remain active and adopt healthy habits. AL.com (Alabama) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Insomnia can be costly for employers
    Insomnia was estimated to be the cause about 274,000 workplace errors costing more than $30 billion, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Researchers looked at 10,094 responses to the America Insomnia Survey and found that those with the condition had double the risk of occupational errors and accidents. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitamin D supplementation doesn't ward off colds in study
    Monthly doses of vitamin D supplements did not significantly reduce the incidence of colds and other respiratory infections, a New Zealand study found. No difference was seen in disease severity and the duration of colds between the vitamin D group and a placebo group. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reuters (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kits boost children's use of sun protection behavior
    Families who received sun-protection kits in the mail were more likely to be aware of the dangers of sun exposure and change their behavior to better protect themselves from sun damage, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The kits increased use of protective clothing and sunscreen among children, researchers said. HealthDay News (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For older people with diabetes, alcohol is tied to higher A-fib risk
    In a study of adults age 55 and older, patients with a history of heart disease or advanced diabetes who drank moderately faced a greater risk of atrial fibrillation than those who consumed less alcohol. The findings, based on an analysis of data from more than 30,000 people from 40 countries, was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. HealthDay News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Schools & Community 
  • Taste of Washington connects students with local produce
    Schools in Washington state recently participated in A Taste of Washington, an event in which locally grown produce was featured in school meals. At one elementary school, students were served local tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as baked cinnamon apple harvest bread made from apples grown in the state. Other local options on the menu included pluots -- a plum-apricot hybrid -- broccoli, cauliflower, celery and salad greens. Lake Stevens Journal (Wash.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
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  AHIP News 
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    AHIP Affiliate Organization Membership provides you with opportunities to share your products and services with AHIP Member health insurance plans. When you sign up, you’ll enjoy enhanced exposure to health plans, access to member-only materials, and exclusive discounts. Read a full description of the program, and contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at BusinessDevelopment@ahip.org to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Compliance Webinar: Practicalities, Pitfalls and Productive Outcomes
    Join us October 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET as two leading legal professionals provide advice and perspectives for anyone who has investigative responsibilities or oversees audit, compliance, or antifraud functions within their own organization. Get more information and register for the webinar “Conducting an Internal Investigation: Practicalities, Pitfalls and Productive Outcomes." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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