Companies worry employees may bring measles to work | Report: Employee distress leads to more unproductive work days | N.C. LTC provider to require employees to get flu shots
May 17, 2019
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Companies worry employees may bring measles to work
The measles outbreak spreading throughout the US is raising concerns that employees could bring the contagious disease to work, which occurred at a Home Depot store in New York. Companies can address the threat by offering onsite measles vaccinations to employees and their children who need them, as well as using telecommuting for employees or family members who get the disease, says Steve Wojcik of the National Business Group on Health.
Employee Benefit Adviser (free registration) (5/16) 
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Report: Employee distress leads to more unproductive work days
Employees with distress are unproductive at work for about eight days per month, compared with four days for those who do not have mental health problems, according to the Workplace Well-being: A Summary of the 2018 Workplace Outcome Suite Annual Report. Employee assistance programs may help, and those that use the internet or mobile technology to deliver services may increase employee awareness and engagement.
HR Technologist (5/16) 
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N.C. LTC provider to require employees to get flu shots
Affinity Living Group in North Carolina plans to require influenza vaccinations for its more than 4,000 employees, making it the first long-term-care provider in the state to do so. The company will provide workers with vouchers to cover the cost of vaccination, as well as education on the importance of vaccinations.
Employee Benefit Adviser (free registration) (5/15) 
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Fast walkers may have longer life expectancy, study shows
UK researchers found that people with body weights ranging from underweight to obese who walked more briskly had a longer life expectancy than those who walked slowly. Published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and based on more than 470,000 people from the UK Biobank, findings suggest that physical fitness may be a better life expectancy indicator than body mass index.
United Press International (5/15) 
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Health News & Research
Report examines global prevalence of low birth weight infants
The number of babies born with low birth weight worldwide dropped from 22.9 million in 2000 to 20.5 million in 2015, a 1.2% annual rate of decline, according to a report from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in The Lancet Global Health. However, researcher Joy Lawn said that the 30% targeted reduction in global low birth weight prevalence by 2025 could only be achieved by expediting the rate of decline by more than twofold.
CNN (5/15) 
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FDA releases list of potentially unsafe dietary supplement ingredients
The FDA has launched the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List, an online tool that informs the public about chemical compounds that may be unsafe and unlawful to use in dietary supplements. The agency will hold a public meeting Thursday on how to incentivize "responsible innovation" in the dietary supplement market.
The Pew Charitable Trusts (5/14) 
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Higher MenB prevalence found among college students
College students had a fivefold higher rate of meningococcal B-related diseases between 2015 and 2017, compared with those not in college, researchers reported in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. The findings also linked MenB to about 70% of invasive meningococcal diseases among youths ages 16 to 23, as well as all meningitis outbreaks in colleges from 2011 to 2019.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (5/15) 
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Study: Low-fat diet may reduce breast cancer mortality risk
Follow-up data from the Women's Health Initiative that spanned almost 20 years showed women who ate a low-fat diet were 21% less likely to die from breast cancer, compared with those who followed a more typical high-fat diet, researchers said at an American Society of Clinical Oncology briefing ahead of the group's annual meeting. Of the women who did develop breast cancer, those who ate a low-fat diet had a 15% reduced risk of dying from any cause.
MedPage Today (free registration) (5/15) 
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Schools & Community
More Wis. schools consider free meals for all
More Wis. schools consider free meals for all
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Some school districts in Wisconsin are looking at the numbers and considering whether they should adopt a universal, free meal program to reduce the stigma associated with free meals. Jennifer Jennings, a food service director, says a middle school in her district increased breakfast participation from 150 students to 350 students after implementing a universal, free breakfast program.
WiscNews (Madison, Wis.)/Reedsburg Times-Press (5/15) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Solutions that hit home: AHIP's State Issues Retreat
Every state is different. But they share this common health care goal: to help an expanding number of consumers live healthier lives. At AHIP's Annual State Issues Retreat, Sept. 26 through 27 in Washington, D.C., you'll get expert guidance on how your peers across the nation are making health care better, more affordable, and more sustainable. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.
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AHIP's new Medicare Primer course is here!
Created by the Medicare experts at AHIP, the all-new Medicare Primer online course covers everything you need to know to better-serve your age 65+ members. You'll learn how Medicare is structured, how Parts A through D work, eligibility requirements, where private insurance fits in, Medicaid's role, and much more! Enroll today!
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Don't leave financial security to luck
May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. If you're not already fully aware of -- or fully protected against -- the financial risk of a disabling illness or injury, take advantage of DIAM to give yourself peace of mind and your family improved financial security. Read the blog post for more information.
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