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October 9, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Soft drink firms to add calorie counts to vending machines
    Major soft drink companies are partnering with the American Beverage Association to launch the Calories Count Vending Program, which will bring more low-calorie beverages, calorie counts and display messages encouraging lower-calorie choices to vending machines next year. The program will start in municipal buildings in Chicago and San Antonio, Texas, and includes a competition with a $5 million prize to the city that shows the biggest wellness gains among employees. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/8), WMAQ-TV (Chicago) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher-intensity exercise helps lower odds of metabolic syndrome
    Regular fast walks reduced the risk of metabolic syndrome by half, and jogging cut it by 40%, while an hour of walking had no effect, Danish researchers reported in the journal BMJ Open. The study suggests that exercise intensity rather than duration is key in preventing metabolic syndrome. HealthDay News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study: Weight Watchers does well in comparison test
    Overweight and obese people who used Weight Watchers lost about as many pounds as those who used a diet program led by health professionals, according to a study in the journal Obesity. Researchers found that more than one-third of people on Weight Watchers lost 10% or more of their starting weight, compared with 15% who had Weight Watchers and help from professionals and 11% who only were enrolled in the professional weight-loss program. WebMD (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food allergies are costly for patients, profitable for companies
    It is estimated that 12 million Americans have food allergies and annual estimated costs for treating them range from $340 million to $510 million. Food manufacturers have increased revenues from catering to people with food allergies by offering specialty items such as gluten-free products, which accounted for $2.6 billion in sales in 2010, a figure that is expected to double by 2015. CNBC (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties omega-3 intake to lower inflammation in obese
    Daily intake of omega-3 supplements was associated with reduced expression of inflammatory genes and higher levels of anti-inflammatory compounds in fat tissues of severely obese participants without diabetes, an Austrian study showed. The results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. NutraIngredients (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Calif. voters to decide question of labels on GMO foods
    California voters will decide whether the state will become the first to require labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms. Supporters, such as organic growers, say the measure will give consumers more information on how foods are produced. Opponents, including food manufacturers, say it will raise prices and confuse shoppers. (Canada)/The Associated Press (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. programs target childhood obesity prevention
    Colorado has the lowest obesity rate of the states, which can make it difficult to get people motivated about obesity prevention, even though child obesity rates are rising, experts say. The state asked businesses to help pay for programs that teach children about calorie needs and how to cook from scratch rather than buying processed foods. USA TODAY (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
Understanding ACOs
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have become ever more popular with health care reform implementation and the desire to improve the value, efficiency, and quality of care to health plan members. Learn more about ACOs—from a historical perspective to their future impact on delivery and payment reforms—by registering for AHIP's new online course. Click here for course details.
  AHIP News 
  • AHIP showcases best practices for increasing immunization rates
    AHIP recently launched a infographic to compliment its “Immunization Innovations,” an online resource featuring leading immunization programs aimed at increasing immunization rates for children, adolescents and adults. Complete with video and audio announcements and links to educational tools, Immunization Innovations highlights promising models that plans around the country are using to improve the health of their members and communities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Build your compliance capabilities at Fall Forum
    A Compliance Track has been planned at AHIP’s Fall Forum focused on changes employers and health plans will face in the year ahead. You’ll learn how to protect health plan data, discuss compliance issues inside and outside of Exchanges, how to manage compliance for small and large groups, and more. Join us Dec. 3 to 5 in Chicago. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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