The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has pushed back its update on wellness program regulations from January 2019 until next June, according to its regulatory agenda released this week. Rules on wellness incentives will be vacated in January under a federal court order in a case brought by AARP.
Companies are sponsoring access to boutique fitness studios as a voluntary benefit or as part of an employee wellness program because it may help employees adopt long-term healthy behaviors, writes benefits consultant Nicholas Park. Boutique fitness studios are a good fit for a diverse workforce and can offer employees flexibility and better access to fitness classes.
Spanish researchers analyzed data on 3,896 adults ages 60 and older and found that any of the components of the FRAIL scale -- fatigue, illness, limitation in ambulation, low resistance and weight loss -- was associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality, while pre-frail and frail people were at a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, compared with robust individuals. The findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that CVD-related death rates among physically active but frail individuals were the same as those for pre-frail and physically inactive people.
A report in the CDC's NCHS Data Brief found that from 2007 to 2017, US fertility rates decreased 18% in metro counties, 16% in small and medium cities, and 12% in rural areas. During the same time, however, the average age among women who had their first child increased from 26 to 28 in large cities, from 24 to 26 in small or medium cities, and from 23 to almost 25 in rural areas.
A study in The BMJ found that individuals who consumed the highest levels of seafood-derived docosapentaenoic acid had a 24% reduced risk of aging unhealthily, compared with those with the least consumption. Based on 2,622 adults from the Cardiovascular Health Study with an average age of 74, those in the top three DPA-consuming quintiles reduced their risk of experiencing unhealthy aging by up to 21%.
A study in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications showed an association between adverse experiences in childhood and an increased risk for developing prediabetes indicators in adulthood, such as higher body mass index, insulin resistance or waist circumference. Researchers used a cohort of 1,054 individuals with a mean age of 55 and found that physical abuse was tied to increased fasting insulin levels and waist circumference, while sexual abuse and financial strain correlated with an increased BMI.
Adolescents from low-income families were at a greater risk of developing heart disease and were more likely to be obese or to smoke than those from affluent families, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers evaluated data on 11,557 youths ages 12 to 19 and found that 22% of teens from low-income families and 26% of those from middle-income families were obese, compared with less than 15% of adolescents from high-income families.
The Parks and Recreation Department in Meriden, Conn., is promoting wellness with a twice-a-week outdoor full-body workout program at Meriden Green. The workout can be adjusted to accommodate age and activity levels.
About 15,000 students in Oklahoma were served after-school meals in October 2017 -- up 121% from the year before -- according to a study by the Food Research and Action Center. Officials attribute the spike, in part, to a new Welcome Table program, in which students receive free meals and spend time with mentors.
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