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February 20, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • How to energize employees through responsibility
    To keep employees energized through a winter slump, try letting them set their own hours, collaborating online quickly instead of dragging workers through long meetings and giving them the authority to get things done without constant supervision, writes Andrew Wilkinson, founder of MetaLab Design. "At MetaLab we don't care when or how long your lunch is, or whether you have to run to a doctor's appointment – just go do it. We aren't your parents and we aren't going to time your bathroom breaks," he writes. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Wello offers group workouts without leaving home
    The website Wello offers group-exercise sessions with up to five participants and a trainer, all using webcams. The workouts can be less expensive than going to a gym for a similar exercise class, but still offer trainer feedback and the camaraderie of being with friends. All Things D (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Research explores age, mortality and obesity
    Although previous research has suggested the connection between obesity and mortality becomes less important with age, researchers at Columbia University found the link between obesity and death risk grows stronger as age increases. The findings appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Healio/Endocrine Today (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietitians create app to help cancer patients with nutrition
    Dietitians at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute created a smartphone application that offers recipes and nutrition tips for cancer patients and survivors. The Ask the Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer app has a search function that lets users look for recipes based on their disease type or symptoms. KING-TV (Seattle) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hip implants fail more often in women than men, study finds
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 35,000 hip replacement surgeries and found that the rate of implant failure five years after the procedure was higher in women than men. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that gender differences in outcomes for hip replacements should be considered in patient management as well as device development. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Backpack program to help R.I. families have food for weekends
    The Pawtucket School Wellness Committee in Rhode Island is starting a backpack program to help families have enough food during weekends when children do not eat meals at school. School district food service provider Sodexo School Services will coordinate the effort, beginning at three elementary schools, but the program will be a nonprofit organization that operates without taxpayer funding. The Valley Breeze (Lincoln, R.I.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. officials weigh costs of serving breakfast after school day starts
    State lawmakers in Colorado are considering legislation that would require schools to provide free breakfast for students after the school day begins if at least 70% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, but some are calling for lawmakers to raise the bar to 80%, which would help balance costs, they say. Still, advocates contend that raising the number could leave more than 60,000 students without a healthy meal to start the day. Education News Colorado (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • “AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2013” shipping soon
    Available in print or CD, “AIS’s Directory of Health Plans: 2013” allows you to make smart decisions based on solid data. Use the directory to identify market trends, gain insight into health plan models, determine which networks may best serve for your organization, develop benchmarks and more. Visit the AHIP Store to reserve your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sponsorship opportunities available for AHIP's Institute 2013
    Sponsoring AHIP’s Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas, will provide you with numerous opportunities for face-to-face interaction with hundreds of health care decision makers who attend to learn and network. Contact AHIP’s Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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