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October 24, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • More companies add Weight Watchers to wellness programs
    Weight Watchers vice president Tom Futch says more companies are interested in offering the program to employees. Weight Watchers focuses on teaching people how to eat within a healthy lifestyle, he says, so rather than promoting a specific diet, it sends teams to work with companies on integrating classes into their wellness programs, possibly using a subsidy to offset membership fees. Employee Benefit News (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Philly employers take different paths to reach wellness goal
    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Campus Apartments in Philadelphia both happily told employees their annual increase in health insurance premiums would be zero, thanks to the success of their wellness programs. The employers reached the goal using different methods, with the Academy offering a voluntary program and the student housing company linking financial incentives to wellness participation. The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
  Health News & Research 
  • Greater antibiotic use raises incidence of C. diff infections
    Mayo Clinic researchers assessed data on about 13.7 million children and 1.3 million adults in hospitals and found that greater use of antibiotics was the reason behind an increase in the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infections. They noted that the risk of dying was highest among children and adults over age 65 with C. difficile infections. The findings will be presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting. HealthDay News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Foods with seared "crust" raise risk of diabetes-related CVD
    The risk of diabetes-related heart disease grew nearly fourfold for every unit increase in the intake of advanced glycation end products -- plaque-forming products seen in foods prepared at high temperatures -- according to a study in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. The findings underscore the importance of food preparation, particularly for people with diabetes who have an increased risk of heart disease. Yahoo/Indo-Asian News Service (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links produce consumption to cancer protection
    If half of Americans ate one more serving of fruit or vegetables daily, 20,000 cancers would be prevented, according to a study in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study also looked at conventional and organic produce and concluded the pesticide residue on conventional produce should not prompt concerns about cancer risk. Progressive Grocer (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatric health info available online may be unreliable
    The overall quality of pediatric health information found through online searches is poor and often includes incorrect or misleading content, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. Researchers found that academic sites had the most reliable content, while commercial sites had the least. Healio/Orthopedics Today (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Students sign pledge to give up Flamin' Hot Cheetos
    A newspaper article about the popularity of Flamin' Hot Cheetos inspired educators in a Chicago school to ask students to give up the spicy snacks for one day -- a pledge that about 80% of students accepted. On Flamin' Hot Free day, students who turned in their pledges were offered an apple instead. Educators say the attention on nutrition also inspired classroom discussions on the topic, posters and one rap song. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. gets $1.5M anti-obesity grant
    The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the Michigan Department of Community Health a three-year, $1.5 million grant to help boost health outcomes in overweight and obese residents in the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas. The MDCH and its partners plan to develop team-based initiatives that feature health promotion and care delivery. WWJ-TV/WWJ-AM (Detroit) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Are you ready? Prepare for Exchanges Dec. 5 and 6
    At AHIP’s Exchange Conference, Dec. 5 and 6 in Chicago, the mix of sessions on consumer engagement, plan management, preparing for year one and more, will address both the immediate steps required, and mid- to longer-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need Your DM Program to Succeed? Turn to DM Direct
    The DM Direct program is comprised of AHIP member companies—the industry’s leading disease management suppliers—and offers guidance to companies interested in purchasing the products and services that will help advance their DM programs. DM Direct partners, such as Health Dialog, help physician groups, health plans and self-insured employers improve health care quality while reducing overall costs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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