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June 22, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Change up workouts with trivia training, "kangoo jumps"
    Trivia training and "kangoo jumps" are two unusual fitness options that can spice up a workout, Angela Haupt writes. In trivia training, teams that answer correctly get to choose the next exercise, while kangoo jumping uses Rollerblade-style boots with springs and the workout is done to music that gets people hopping. U.S. News & World Report (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • More women over 50 have unhealthy eating practices, study shows
    A study of women over age 50 found that about 4% say they binge eat, about 8% say they do purging and 62% say their weight or shape has negatively affected their life, according to a University of North Carolina study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Lead researcher Cynthia Bulik said society's "70 is the new 50" emphasis may put additional appearance pressures on women that lead to unhealthy eating practices. Yahoo!/HealthDay News (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exposure to antibacterials may raise allergy risk in children
    Children exposed to the highest levels of the antibacterial chemical triclosan were more likely to develop food and environmental allergies than those with the lowest exposure, U.S. researchers found. They also reported that high exposure to the preservative propyl paraben was tied to environmental allergies, but not to food allergies. The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Hialeah uses grant money for projects that improve health
    Hialeah, Fla., used $300,000 in grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation to add sidewalks and parks, slow traffic and improve access to local farmers markets as ways to help the community get healthier. A preschool used some of the grant money to plant a student garden to teach children about healthy foods. The Miami Herald (free registration) (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School cafeterias become classrooms, nutrition official says
    School-nutrition programs should offer students new types of healthy foods, but not on the same day that old favorites are served or they likely won't be tried, Illinois state nutrition official Debbie Collins told a food-service workshop on complying with federal nutrition standards. Collins says some students have a limited diet at home, so the school cafeteria becomes a classroom when it comes to exposing children to different types of food. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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