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October 18, 2012
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • N.J. wellness campaign asks companies to sign pledge
    New Jersey's new Workplace Wellness Campaign is asking corporate leaders to sign a pledge to join, committing their company to promoting wellness. The campaign's goal is to have 1,000 employers representing 10,000 employees by next summer and to have a membership that represents 1 million employees within five years. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Knee injuries are reduced by earlier muscle training
    Female athletes who received neuromuscular training at ages 14 to 18 had a 72% lower risk of an anterior cruciate ligament injury than did those who received the training later, a review of clinical trials found. Researchers wrote in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that athletes who received the training at age 19 and older had half the risk of injury compared with peers who were not trained. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels cater to travelers' fresh-air fitness needs
    A number of hotels have begun to offer fitness options that incorporate the property's surrounding area, so travelers have outdoor exercise options. Offerings include free bicycle rentals, guided hiking tours, and maps and pedometers for walking. USA TODAY (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Regular checkups fail to improve diagnosis of heart disease, cancer
    Danish researchers who looked at 16 clinical trials found that general health checkups did not significantly reduce deaths caused by either cardiovascular disorders or cancer. However, they reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews an increased number of diagnoses tied to routine checks such as hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Skipping breakfast leads to higher food intake
    Skipping breakfast was linked to increased hunger, cravings for high-calorie foods and overall food intake throughout the day, according to a study presented at a meeting for the Society for Neuroscience. MRI results revealed those who did not eat breakfast showed stronger activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region associated with reward and food pleasure, when shown pictures of high-calorie foods, compared with those who ate breakfast. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Danger of early death with alcoholism particularly high for women
    A German study found that alcohol-dependent people die 20 years earlier, on average, than the general population. Annual death rates were 4.6 times greater among alcoholic women and 1.9 times higher among alcohol-dependent men. The findings appeared online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. HealthDay News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More U.S. youths abuse prescription painkillers, data show
    Data from the 1985-2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed the rate of young people abusing prescription painkillers is 40% higher than in previous years. The study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that abuse of prescription pain medications has led to significant increases in the number of emergency department visits, accidental overdose-related deaths and patients seeking addiction treatment. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Minneapolis adds corner stores to fresh-produce program
    Minneapolis is expanding its program to bring fresh produce to neighborhood stores, even though first-year results are mixed. Some grocers report having trouble finding small quantities of fruits and vegetables to sell, but other store owners say they are making a profit and the program takes time. Minnesota Public Radio (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
Open the door to connecting with health plans
Health plans are looking for innovative products and services to help them provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member is an ideal way to connect with these plans. Contact AHIP's Business Development Team at to learn more.
  AHIP News 
  • Open the door to connecting with health plans
    In an era of change, health plans are looking for companies with innovative products and services to help them provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Becoming an AHIP Affiliate Organization Member connects you with these health plans through numerous marketing and networking opportunities. Contact a member of AHIP’s Business Development Team at to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Examine the issues at AHIP’s Exchange Conference
    AHIP’s Exchange Conference, Dec. 5 and 6 in Chicago, will answer some of your most pressing questions and arm you with the practical information you need to transform your organization’s operations for exchange implementation. Keep an eye on the Exchange Conference website for additional details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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