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January 3, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Employee essay wins Salt Lake City firm weight-loss help
    An essay by VISTA Staff Solutions worker Rich Inderdonato, which said employees spend a lot of time practicing the "sedentary arts" of desk-bound communication, led weight-loss program provider Retrofit to award the Salt Lake City company $300,000 worth of wellness services. Retrofit uses wireless and remote technology to help employees lose weight, including video conference consults with registered dietitians, exercise physiologists and behavior coaches. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What employer-sponsored health plans should consider
    Health benefits consultant Mercer has released a list of priorities that employers should take note of for employer-sponsored health plans. Included in the list are preparations for the full implementation in 2014 of the Affordable Care Act, re-evaluation of employer-provided benefits and cost contributions, and improving corporate wellness programs and incentives. Employee Benefit News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Consumer Reports evaluates new exercise equipment
    Fitness experts who tested popular exercise equipment found drawbacks to the Perfect Punch, which uses mixed-martial-arts techniques, and the Rhythm Rocker, which includes a nutrition guide, Consumer Reports says. Testers found elliptical cycles can be intimidating to use initially, but were more comfortable and provided a better workout than a traditional bike. KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Analysis: Psychiatric problems tied to domestic violence
    Men and women diagnosed with mental health disorders had a greater likelihood of being victims of domestic violence than those in the general population, an analysis of 41 studies showed. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, suggest a bidirectional link between abuse and mental health problems. HealthDay News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Minn. district hosts cafeteria tours for immigrant families
    In a Minnesota school district, where students speak more than 100 languages and dialects, school nutrition professionals are hosting kitchen visits for Somali, Karen, Hmong and Latino parent groups who may feel uneasy about school meals. The outreach efforts help to ease parents' fears and give them a chance to see the operation up close and ask questions. On a recent tour, for example, a Muslim mother asked questions about pork products and was told that all menus are pork-free. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Register now for AHIP’s National Policy Forum
    AHIP’s National Policy Forum, March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C., is one-stop shopping for those seeking insights on the latest policy development and trends shaping health care. Learn from health insurance plan leaders as well as business, health policy, and political speakers as they focus on the political and regulatory issues affecting our changing health care system. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health insurance tax to hit all 50 states
    A new state-by-state analysis by Oliver Wyman examines the impact of the $100 billion health insurance tax on all 50 states. AHIP’s new infographic details the impact of the tax. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    An item in Wednesday's AHIP Wellness SmartBrief incorrectly identified the location of Westerly, R.I. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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