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January 15, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Health insurers use fitness apps to promote wellness
    Health insurers are using smartphone fitness applications to promote and manage wellness programs and make it easier for physicians to talk with patients about weight loss. Aetna has the Passage app, developed with Microsoft, that lets people synchronize their activities and experience a virtual tour for their workout, while Cigna has a bundle pack of four apps free to the first 20,000 users. American Medical News (free content) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Indoor cycling plus yoga creates balanced workout, experts say
    Fitness experts say yoga and indoor cycling are complementary, and that classes that combine the two offer an intense cardio workout followed by deep relaxation and restoration. Shirley Archer, who writes fitness books, says the yoga postures should focus on muscles that were challenged during cycling. Reuters (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Survey: Consumers say importance of wellness will increase
    A survey of 7,000 people living in the U.S. and six other countries showed 74% said the importance of wellness will increase over time. The survey from McCann Truth Central found 57% of people wanted support for healthy living goals. Researchers said people generally have a holistic view of wellness. The Huffington Post (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Screen heavy smokers for lung cancer, cancer group advises
    The American Cancer Society released new guidelines that recommend providers screen high-risk patients for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans. High-risk patients are age 55 to 74 with at least a 30-pack-year smoking history and who have smoked within the past 15 years. Providers should make patients aware of the benefits, limits and risks of screening, the group said. (1/12), HealthDay News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese children show higher risk of immediate health concerns
    Overweight and obese children were more likely to have three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions compared with those at a healthier weight, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics. Obese children had a higher risk of emotional and behavioral problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, developmental delays, asthma, allergies, headaches and ear infections, among other problems, the study found. Yahoo/Asian News International (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Register for AHIP’s new Dual Eligibles Summit
    Join AHIP March 12 in Washington, D.C., for the Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost. This new meeting will convene experts from across the health care spectrum to examine the latest federal and state developments and discuss issues related to access, care integration and quality measurement. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PPO Direct -- Helping health plans expand their networks
    Looking to expand your provider network? Partnering with an existing PPO network is an alternative that can save your organization time and minimize overhead. PPO Direct provides easy access to information on AHIP's PPO network membership, including First Choice Health, which offers a PPO network, Third Party Administration, Utilization & Case Management services, and an Employee Assistance Program throughout the Northwestern U.S. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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