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January 30, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Wellness program rules need clarification, lawmakers say
    House Democrats asked the Obama administration to clarify the definition of a reasonably designed wellness program under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, along with alternatives employees can use to qualify for rewards. The National Committee on Quality Assurance said its Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation program could help the government define requirements, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned the success of wellness programs overall could be jeopardized if they have to make individual accommodations. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Georgia-Pacific expands HealthMiles program to all plants
    Georgia-Pacific found the Virgin HealthMiles program was so successful as a pilot project at 31 facilities that it has included it in wellness programs at all of its plants. At GP Muskogee in Oklahoma, employees can earn up to $500 by reaching health goals; and the plant has set up a wellness station for blood pressure checks, weigh-ins and information about healthy lifestyles. The Muskogee Phoenix (Okla.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shorter exercise periods may still yield health benefits
    Participants who had short periods of physical activity adding up to 30 minutes a day showed similar health benefits -- including lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels and reduced waist size -- as those who followed a more formal exercise program, according to a study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Researchers also found those who had shorter bouts of exercise had an 89% likelihood of not developing metabolic syndrome, while those who followed a structured exercise regimen had an 87% chance. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • CDC: Vaccination rates for certain diseases "unacceptably low"
    CDC officials reported Tuesday that vaccination rates for certain diseases -- including pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis, shingles and whooping cough -- were "unacceptably low" among U.S. adults. "We are encouraging all adults to talk with their health care providers about which vaccines are appropriate for them," said HHS assistant secretary Dr. Howard Koh. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leafy greens are leading source of foodborne illnesses in U.S.
    Of the nearly 50% of foodborne-illnesses linked to farm produce, 22% were caused by leafy green vegetables, according to a CDC study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Meat, especially poultry, accounted for 43% of all deaths resulting from foodborne diseases, researchers said. HealthDay News (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brightly colored veggies may help prevent ALS, research shows
    Data from five studies that included more than 1 million people found that eating foods high in carotenoids, such as brightly colored vegetables, may help delay or prevent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. The study on the website of the Annals of Neurology said high vitamin C intake or vitamin C supplements did not affect the risk of ALS. Medscape (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exposure to alcohol ads on TV may influence teen drinking
    Seventh-grade students who were exposed to more alcohol advertisements on television and liked them had greater alcohol use by 10th grade, a study in the journal Pediatrics showed. Exposure to the ads affected girls' drinking behavior more than boys, and liking the ads was linked to more alcohol-related issues, particularly in boys, researchers said. CNN/The Chart blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • N.D. city finds success with wellness initiative
    The Grand Forks Community-Based Health and Fitness Agenda in North Dakota was to formally end after 2012, but officials say it will continue indefinitely because it has been successful. Two popular programs include the youth culinary project called "Pink & Dude Chefs" and the Park Optimization Project that gets students involved in park activities. Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School vending machines make healthy snacks a popular choice
    Vending machines at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla., are full of healthy, all-natural snacks and beverages that students have grown to love. The machines take cash and credit cards and have video monitors that students will be able to use to show messages about healthy eating or school events. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Improved business operations for better care
    TPA Direct is comprised of AHIP member companies—the industry’s leading third-party administrators—and offers guidance to health insurance plans and administrators interested in outsourcing. Royal Health Care, a TPA Direct member, is a leading provider of innovative managed care applications and back office service solutions for a health plan’s key administrative functions. Royal offers clients choices. With more than 10 years’ experience, Royal’s ASP and BPO clients include startups, Medicaid plans, Medicare Advantage plans, SNPs and commercial payers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Limited sponsorship opportunities at AHIP's National Policy Forum
    AHIP’s 2013 National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., is the perfect venue for you to connect with health plan decision-makers. With only eight weeks until the conference, time is running out for you to secure your sponsorship. View the prospectus, and contact AHIP's Business Development Team at or 866-707-AHIP (2447) for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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