April 19, 2021
AHIP Wellness SmartBrief
Wellness Programs & Trends
Research by Voya Financial shows that many employees feel significant biases against high-deductible health insurance plans though they may save money over the long term. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said they would always pick the lowest-deductible plan, and 89% said they would just select the same plan as the previous year, highlighting a need for better benefit education by employers.
Full Story: Employee Benefit News (free registration) (4/16) 
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Good sleep is an important part of mental and physical health, but many workers suffer from sleep disorders that can impact wellness, productivity and morale. Some employers are implementing benefits that cover screening, sleep tracking, and treatment to improve sleep patterns and benefit overall health.
Full Story: Employee Benefit News (free registration) (4/16) 
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It’s All About Function!
Naked Prosthetics designs and fabricates durable, prosthetic devices specifically for finger loss. Our mission is to assist people with full to partial digit amputation(s) and to positively impact their lives by providing functional, high-quality finger prostheses. Learn more.
A study of 41 young adults published in the journal Nutrients found links between how much people exercise and the quantity of food they eat. Study author Karsten Köhler said study participants reported significant appetite increases directly after exercising, likely influenced by anorexigenic hormones.
Full Story: Healthline (4/17) 
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Health News & Research
Adults who experienced heart arrhythmia-related symptoms, as well as those with "poor health" and a "history of long-standing illness," had higher odds of drinking decaffeinated coffee or no coffee at all than drinking caffeinated coffee, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The findings, based on data from 390,435 European adults, also revealed that those with higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels tend to drink less caffeinated coffee, and the researchers said these findings could explain some of the controversies in observational studies of coffee consumption.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (4/15) 
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A study published in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology found that men who had a low-fat diet had 10% to 15% lower levels of mean total testosterone, compared with when they followed a high-fat diet. Researcher Joseph Whittaker said following a Mediterranean diet and increasing intake of healthy fats may help lower cardiovascular disease risk and raise men's testosterone levels.
Full Story: Medscape (free registration) (4/16) 
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Health systems should harness telehealth to improve patients' lives by decreasing the overall burden of illness and making the health care system more equitable, says Eric Wallace, medical director of telehealth at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There are a number of tools at our disposal now, but we need to implement them in a way that we can redesign a health care system that is better, more resilient and one that we're proud of," Wallace said in a presentation during the virtual Cancer Center Survivorship Research Forum.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/HemOnc today (4/15) 
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Schools & Community
Researchers surveyed approximately 28,000 elementary-, middle- and high-school students and their parents, and found that high-schoolers were able to get an extra 3.8 hours of sleep a week after pushing their school start time back by 70 minutes, with over 10% reporting they had better sleep and 20% saying they had less daytime sleepiness. The findings published in the journal Sleep also showed that middle-schoolers reported getting an extra 2.4 hours of sleep a week after pushing their start time back by 40 to 60 minutes, while elementary-school students saw no changes in sleep duration and sleep quality after starting school an hour earlier.
Full Story: HealthDay News (4/15),  United Press International (4/15) 
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Students at Gaston Elementary School in Wisconsin's School District of Beloit are growing lettuce via a hydroponic station as part of lessons in agriculture, nutrition and responsibility. The lettuce is used in school meals, and district officials say they aim to expand the program to include more produce and herbs.
Full Story: WTVO-TV/WQRF-TV (Rockford, Ill.) (4/15) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Another can't-miss keynote session at AHIP Institute & Expo Online (June 22-24). Hear from Dr. Mandy Cohen (NC Dept. of HHS), Cain A. Hayes (Gateway Health), Dr. Cheryl Pegus (Walmart), and Dr. Cameron Webb (White House COVID-19 Response Team). See all the speakers and keynote sessions on the agenda. Limited time: $0/Discount registration. Ends May 14. Register today.
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Join us on Tuesday, May 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET for "Intelligent Payer: Super-Power Your Workforce with AI" as Accenture shares innovative ways of doing business differently, building new agility into operations, and challenging long-held industry practices by helping you reimagine the nature of work itself and rethinking the supports and strategies that can supercharge workforce performance.
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