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October 31, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Kaiser wellness program shows teams do better than individuals
    Results from Kaiser Permanente's six-week Mix It Up challenge show teams may do better than individual participants in wellness activities. Company officials said 32% of the 13,350 participants increased their fruit servings and 29% added vegetable servings but more than twice as many people on teams completed the program compared with individuals. Workforce online (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fitness 
  • People who exercise before breakfast burn more fat
    Men who exercised before eating breakfast burned 33% more fat compared with those who exercised after breakfast, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Exercising on an empty stomach was also associated with greater reductions in artery-clogging blood fats, researchers noted. Yahoo/Asian News International (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Study: Omega-3 fatty acid can improve memory in young adults
    Researchers using combined PET imaging, patient monitoring and memory tests have discovered that increased intake of omega-3 fatty acid via fish oil supplements can improve working memory in young adults ages 18 to 25. The participants showed improvement in memory at six months of intake, according to the study published in the journal PLOS One. Researchers, however, said the study failed to uncover how the fatty acid accomplishes this in this population. Forbes (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at obesity risk factors among students
    A study presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting revealed drinking soda and having a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of obesity among students, but eating more meals per day and playing school sports lower the risk. Researchers, who were evaluating a school-based program, also found children at poorer schools were more likely to be overweight and gain more weight, compared with students at schools with a higher socioeconomic status. HealthDay News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Menthol cigarettes may increase risk of children becoming smokers
    Middle- and high-school students who experimented with menthol cigarettes had an 80% higher risk of becoming habitual smokers later than those who experimented with regular cigarettes, a study showed. The findings, based on over 47,000 U.S. students, appear in the journal Addiction. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Only 8 states offer mental health hotlines for farmers, producers
    Many farmers and livestock and dairy producers seek help for mental health problems, especially during the summer and fall, but only eight states offer telephone crisis counseling and referral services specific to their needs. The HHS calls such services a "best practice model" and included them in a strategic plan to promote rural health. Agweek (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Expand your learning, not your conference budgets
    Have your conference budgets been reduced while the expectations that you stay ahead of health care reform implementation remain high? AHIP can help. Take advantage of special year-end pricing on various conferences when you register by 12:00 p.m. ET on Dec. 31. Choose from AHIP’s National Policy Forum, Institute 2013, Medicare/Medicaid Conferences, and Fall Forum. Get details and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Asthma Care Advances compendia highlights health plan strategies
    One in 12 Americans have asthma, disproportionately affecting children, racial and ethnic groups, and low-income individuals. Learn how health plans improve the lives of individuals with asthma by adopting culturally sensitive asthma management strategies. AHIP’s online compendia, “Asthma Care Advances,” and infographic highlights plans’ efforts to increase access to timely and quality care, resulting in better outcomes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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