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January 16, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Study links presenteeism to lifestyle, wellness support
    Employees who had unhealthy diets were 66% more likely to have high presenteeism than those who ate healthier foods, while workers who exercised occasionally were 50% more likely to have presenteeism than colleagues who worked out more regularly, according to a study in the journal Population Health Management. Researchers found employees who said company management did not support efforts to be physically active or emotionally healthy were much more likely to have high presenteeism. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Short walks reduce mortality risk in elderly, study says
    A 10-year study found that older people who walked outside for at least 15 minutes four times each week reduced their risk of early death by 40% compared with those who walked less. Italian researchers, writing in the journal Maturitas, said the data support the "encouragement of physical activity in advanced age for increasing longevity." (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sedentary activity time isn't linked to body-fat mass in children
    Sitting less than, more than or equal to an average of 6½ hours daily yielded about the same body-fat mass among 13-year-olds, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. However, researchers reported that boys and girls who spent more time doing moderate-to-vigorous activities had a lower body-fat percentage, indicating that a lack of exercise, rather than sedentary time, is linked to body-fat mass in children. Reuters (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health News & Research 
  • Research ties insulin to higher mortality risk in diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes patients who were on insulin treatment had an 89% higher risk of all-cause mortality and 116% higher risk of cancer-related death than nonusers, a study revealed. However, researchers noted diabetes patients on insulin did not have a higher overall risk of cancer. The findings appear in PLoS One. (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text messages may help teens adopt healthier habits
    A one-year trial found teens prefer healthy lifestyle text messages from nutrition professionals that recommend specific and attainable habits. The increased usage of smartphones may offer a new avenue to help teens pursue healthier lifestyles, a researcher said. The findings were published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Des Moines seeks answer for food desert in city's center
    The Des Moines area has more than 60 full-service grocery stores, but they mainly are located in suburban areas, creating a food desert in some pockets of the city. Officials hope a new C Fresh Market, an international supermarket with American staples, in the central part of the city will bring healthy and affordable foods to the community. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: More low-income students eat breakfast at school
    A report from the Food Research and Action Center found that a growing number of students nationwide who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals are eating breakfast at school. Crystal FitzSimons, director of school programs for FRAC, said the most successful programs serve students in the classroom. "We call that breakfast in the classroom, or 'grab-and-go' breakfast," she said. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
Prepare for Exchanges in 2013
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  AHIP News 
  • Exchange preparation: AHIP’s Exchange Conference provides the help
    As the focus on the logistics of Exchange implementation intensifies, attending AHIP’s Exchange Conference, March 14 and 15 in Washington, D.C., will be more important than ever. The program will cover immediate steps required, and mid- to long-term decisions necessary to successfully participate in Exchanges. Keep on pace with implementation -- learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health systems change initiative launched
    AHIP Foundation announces the launch of the Institute for Health Systems Solutions, an initiative designed to help advance new ideas regarding the delivery and financing of health care through credible, independent research and analysis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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