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March 7, 2013
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  Fitness 
  • Experts say exercise myths persist until people see results
    Fitness experts say it is not always easy to separate fact from fiction in exercise science but people get a better understanding when they see results from their workouts. Two common myths are that women who lift weights will build big muscles and that low-intensity exercises burn more calories than intense workouts. Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Americans eat fewer calories, but obesity persists
    Although daily energy intake dropped by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010, the obesity rate in women remained at 35% from 1999 to 2010 and increased among men from 27% to 35% in the same period, according to the CDC. Experts offer several possible explanations, including that people may not be getting sufficient exercise. The research appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts urge early allergen introduction
    The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is urging parents to introduce potential allergens, including eggs and peanut butter, to children when they are as young as 4 months old. "There's been more studies that find that if you introduce them early, it may actually prevent food allergy," said David Fleischer, co-author of the article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links processed meat to higher risk of early death
    A study that included almost 450,000 people found those who ate 160 grams or more per day of processed meats had an almost 44% higher risk of early death than those who ate 10 to 20 grams. Researchers recommended in BMC Medicine that people limit intake of processed meat to less than 1 ounce daily and said reduced consumption overall could lower the incidence of premature death about 3%. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Kan. senator's bill would reform SNAP, save $36 billion
    Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has introduced legislation to eliminate waste and close loopholes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, with expected savings of $36 billion over 10 years. The legislation would restrict the use of other programs, such as those for welfare or home heating, to expand SNAP enrollment and would cut matching funds for employment and training programs, and nutrition education grants. KCUR-FM (Kansas City, Mo.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • NYC's hearing loss campaign to target young people
    New York City health officials are planning to launch a social media campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of listening to loud music played on personal MP3 players. The Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign, estimated to cost $250,000, targets both teens and young adults. New York Post (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Examine policy and legal implications of ACOs
    ACOs and other integrated care models are raising numerous policy and legal issues. Join us for a unique event, AHIP's ACO Summit, May 15, in Washington, D.C., where industry experts, thought leaders, leading academics and policymakers will examine policy and legal implications of hospital and physician integration into the marketplace. Get details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIP infographic and plans’ best immunization practices
    AHIP’s infographic complements 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 health plans around the country are using to improve the health of their members and communities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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