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February 27, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • After-school soccer gets overweight children moving
    Overweight and obese students who joined an after-school soccer program showed significant improvements in their moderate-to-vigorous physical activity after school and on Saturdays, a study on the website of the journal JAMA Pediatrics found. However, the intervention failed to boost activity, fitness or weight for all participants. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Media companies to use MyPlate icon to tag healthy recipes
    Five media companies with 18 cooking websites will work with first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign to offer thousands of healthy recipes that meet the USDA's MyPlate criteria. The recipes will include the MyPlate icon, which registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward calls a "a visual reminder of what to put on your plate." USA Today (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Families struggle with healthy habits in "crunch time"
    More than half of children eat an unhealthy food or drink that could lead to weight gain between the time they get home from school and bedtime, according to a poll by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Parents said that more than 25% of children do not get enough exercise during the so-called "crunch time," and half of parents said it's difficult to ensure that their children eat healthy foods. National Public Radio/Shots blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Volunteer work may boost cardiovascular health in teens
    Volunteering for after-school programs for 10 weeks resulted in reduced body mass index and levels of inflammation and cholesterol among teens, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers also assessed the mood, self-esteem and mental health of the volunteers and found that those who showed the biggest increases in empathy, altruistic behavior and mental health had the biggest improvements in heart health. The Atlantic online (2/26), The Daily Mail (London) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. food banks adopt health-focused strategies, study says
    U.S. food banks have adopted policies to promote healthier foods and beverages, according to a study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity interviewed officials with 20 food banks and found they offer more fresh produce and less junk food, and are using nutrition-profiling systems to evaluate the health value of the products being distributed. The Baltimore Sun/Picture of Health blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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