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March 21, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • CVS wants employees to have health screenings, report results
    CVS Caremark is telling workers who use its health insurance to have a health screening and report data on weight, height, body fat, cholesterol and blood glucose or pay an additional $600 per year. Employee test results will be sent to WebMD Health Services Group, which provides health management services for CVS. Boston Herald (3/19), Boston Herald (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Higher cardiac death risk seen with anxiety, depression
    Older heart disease patients who suffer from anxiety and depression had three times the risk of death compared with those who did not have the conditions, a study revealed. "Patients with heart disease who experience high anxiety during the stressors of everyday life may benefit from treatments designed to reduce anxiety, such as medications targeting anxiety or stress management," lead researcher Lana Watkins said. The work was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. HealthDay News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: One-third of American seniors die with a form of dementia
    A report published by the Alzheimer's Association finds that 1 in 3 U.S. seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. The rate of Alzheimer's-related deaths jumped 68% from 2000 to 2010, while deaths caused by heart disease and other major illnesses have dropped, the report finds. "Urgent meaningful action is necessary, particularly as more and more people age into greater risk for developing a disease that today has no cure and no way to slow or stop its progression," Alzheimer's Association president Harry Johns said. HealthDay News (3/19), Google/Agence France-Presse (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children's sports injuries becoming less common, study finds
    The number of sport and activity-related injuries among 5- to 14-year-olds dropped from 2000 to 2010, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting. The findings, based on data from the National Electronic Injury Survey Surveillance System, contradict a perception among physicians that the injuries are becoming more common, a researcher said. News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Program seeks to make healthy eating fun for students
    Volunteers from the nonprofit organization Nurture have partnered with schools in Idaho to teach students about healthy eating and nutrition. Through the program, school nutrition professionals prepare samples of healthy foods for students, including smoothies and vegetables. Other lessons include teaching students not to be fooled by packaging. Fruit Roll-ups, for example, contain only a small amount of fruit juice, students were told recently -- making an apple a healthier choice. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Protect Medicare Advantage
    Proposed changes to Medicare Advantage payments will impact the 14 million beneficiaries who rely on this critically important part of Medicare. Combined with the cuts included in the health reform law, these changes will likely result in higher out-of-pocket costs, reduced benefits, and fewer health care choices. Join the Coalition for Medicare Choices to preserve Medicare Advantage. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Multiple Purse Cards, Combining Savings Accounts and Targeted Incentives
    Consumers are increasingly taking on more responsibility for their health care choices. Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on March 26 to learn about a new generation of rules-based debit and prepaid cards that have been developed to engage consumers in their health care and general wellness. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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