Last year 33% of large employers had on-site, general medical clinics, compared with 24% in 2012, according to a survey from Mercer and National Association of Worksite Health Centers. The survey found 83% of employers offering an on-site clinic gave it high marks for employee satisfaction and almost two-thirds were happy with how the clinic increased engagement in wellness programs.
The Corporate-Municipalities Wellness Coalition in Randolph County, N.C., is adding employers, schools and additional municipalities and has helped reduce health care costs for members. The savings are linked to wellness initiatives, such as weight management, tobacco cessation and health coaches.
Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with longevity and being unfit is as big a health risk factor as hypertension, diabetes and smoking, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. "It should be treated almost as a disease that has a prescription, which is called exercise," said Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and study author Wael Jaber.
CDC researchers found that 49.3% of US adults ages 20 and older reported having tried to lose weight over the past year in 2015 to 2016, up from 43% in 2007 to 2008. The findings, based on a 2015-2016 national health survey and published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showed 56.3% of women tried to lose weight, compared with 42.2% of men.
Researchers working with data from 3,650 postmenopausal women in the Netherlands found those with and without type 2 diabetes at baseline who experienced early menopause had higher mortality risk, compared with those who experienced normal and late menopause. The findings in Menopause showed that a "higher risk of diabetes in women with early age at natural menopause might reflect an earlier diagnosis of diabetes across the life span, and therefore a decreased life expectancy without [type 2 diabetes], although the difference in years lived overall and without [type 2 diabetes] did not differ significantly," researchers said.
Nearly 16% of teens and young adults have used Juul e-cigarettes, compared with 30% who have used other e-cigarettes and 24% who have used traditional tobacco, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. Those using Juul e-cigarettes "were using them a significantly greater number of days, which gives us a concern whether they are addicted to those products," said senior researcher Bonnie Halpern-Felsher.
Twenty-six percent of 6-year-olds had one or more of the metabolic syndrome criteria -- including dyslipidemia, hypertension, insulin resistance and large waist circumference -- at levels needing medical action, Swedish researchers reported in Acta Paediatrica. The findings also showed increased odds of elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure among those with larger waist circumferences needing action, as well as a higher risk of increased triglycerides and insulin resistance among those who were overweight and obese.
In celebration of National Farm to School Month, Happy Hollow Elementary School students in Fayetteville, Ark., enjoyed a seasonal lunch made almost entirely from local and regional foods. Ally Mrachek, director of Child Nutrition for Fayetteville Public Schools, said exposing children to locally grown food helps them to learn the value of healthy, colorful food that is good for their bodies.
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