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February 28, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Study: Employees lose weight using diet, work-site counseling
    Tufts University researchers said workers lost an average of 18 pounds over six months when they participated in a program that included behavioral counseling at their work site. Study participants used a reduced-calorie diet and had weekly lunchtime counseling sessions that focused on menu planning, stress and portion control. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Four Places to Start Measuring What Matters
You've instituted an employee engagement program to address deficiencies in business critical areas, but how do you know it's working? Furthermore, how do you demonstrate ROI to executives that might doubt engagement is business critical? Read this guide for 4 ways to start measuring the results of your engagement programs and how to use this data to drive desirable business outcomes.
  • How to make a workout environmentally sustainable
    Sustainable fitness routines that focus on exercise in an environmentally healthy way include outdoor workouts such as running and walking rather than hitting the gym, which uses electricity for heating and cooling and water to fill the swimming pools. If an indoor workout is needed, Jeana Brookes writes, pick a gym that offers few frills such as televisions, or one that has stationary treadmills and exercise bikes that generate electricity as they are used. Hive Health Media (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Hawaii tops Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 4th year
    The annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released Wednesday ranks Hawaii as No. 1 for the fourth year in a row and West Virginia last. States were rated on overall well-being, physical health, job satisfaction and other criteria. Data showed 60% of Hawaii residents surveyed said they were thriving, compared with 45% of people in West Virginia. USA Today (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Personalized risk discussion helps patients make better decisions
    An review paper in the Cochrane Library suggests patients who are given a personalized risk assessment make better screening decisions than those who receive generic information about risk. A study of nearly 29,000 participants showed 45% of those given personalized information made informed decisions, compared with 20% in those who had received generic information. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurse study finds PMS benefit in plant-based iron
    An analysis of data on 3,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study II found that those who consumed the most iron from plant-based foods or supplements had as much as a 40% reduced risk of premenstrual syndrome compared with those who ate the least. Researchers said that daily intake of more than 10 mg of zinc offered a slight protection against PMS. The findings appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology. HealthDay News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Meal program feeds need in Wash. district
    A school district in Washington state has launched an after-school meal program at five schools, in which students are served meals consisting of protein, grains, milk, fruits and vegetables. Officials say the program helps ensure that students in the district -- 70% of whom qualify for free and reduced-price meals -- do not go hungry after school. KING-TV (Seattle) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Health plans leading change
    As health plans are called upon to play a leading role in expanding coverage for millions of uninsured and to help modernize care delivery for an additional 160 million Americans with employer-sponsored coverage, how can your organization meet those needs? Learn how at Institute 2013, June 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions, an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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