More employers show interest in financial, mental health wellness | Calif. police learn resilience strategies | Exercise important for patients with cardiometabolic disorders
December 6, 2019
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Wellness Programs & Trends
More employers show interest in financial, mental health wellness
WorkWell Consultants CEO Kathy Worden says more employers are interested in providing financial and mental health wellness resources for employees, and those that incentivize participation in community service, team sports, mental health and financial wellness tend to gain more worker trust. Elizabeth Giles of Numerica Credit Union says the company finds an association between having debt and the risk of anxiety and depression, so the company makes financial well-being a priority.
The Journal of Business (Spokane, Wash.) (12/5) 
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Calif. police learn resilience strategies
Personnel from nine police agencies in Northern California recently completed wellness training where they learned how to be resilient amid the stress of their work. "By appropriately processing these experiences, we are able to maintain personal wellness, which then allows us to better serve the community," said course organizer Delia Garcia, a correctional sergeant.
KRCR-TV (Redding, Calif.) (11/26) 
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Exercise important for patients with cardiometabolic disorders
It is never too late for people with cardiometabolic disorders to start exercising and benefit from it, but some types of exercise may result in better outcomes for certain conditions, Dr. Nikolaos Perakakis of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School told the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Perakakis said aerobic exercise may be best for patients with metabolic syndrome, but anaerobic or resistance exercise may be better for patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Healio (free registration) (12/5) 
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Health News & Research
IDF Atlas: Diabetes cases decreasing in high-income areas
The number of diabetes cases in high-income countries are decreasing despite the steady increase in cases overall, according to the International Diabetes Federation Atlas that was presented at the IDF Congress. The findings, based on data from 221 countries, also showed that 1 in 11 adults aged 20 to 79 and 1 in 5 people aged older than 65 had diabetes, and 11.3% of deaths worldwide were associated with diabetes.
Medscape (free registration) (12/4) 
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Aspirin tied to lower cancer-related, all-cause mortality
Researchers found that older adults who took aspirin at least three times weekly had 15% lower odds of cancer-related death and 19% reduced likelihood of all-cause mortality, compared with those who didn't take aspirin. The findings in JAMA Network Open also linked aspirin use to 34% and 28% lower risk of colon and gastrointestinal cancer-related mortality, respectively, among those who were overweight.
HealthDay News (12/4) 
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Living in poor areas tied to higher hospitalization risk for kids
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found children whose families relocated to low-poverty neighborhoods after receiving housing vouchers were almost 16% less likely to be hospitalized than those who stayed in high-poverty areas. The study, based on claims data and information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing Demonstration Program, found average annual hospital spending for children who moved was $633 versus $785 for children who remained in impoverished neighborhoods.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (12/4) 
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CDC report notes stalled progress on fight against HIV
A Vital Signs report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says progress on reducing the number of new HIV infections has leveled off, and the authors say more work is needed to achieve the government's goal of a 90% reduction in new diagnoses by 2030. The report notes that in 2017, about 14% of people who were infected did not know it, and among those who did have a diagnosis, more than one-third had not achieved viral suppression, well short of goals.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Disease News (12/3) 
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Study cites role of grandparents in preventing childhood obesity
Chinese researchers found that grandparents could play an important role in preventing childhood obesity as children in a family-based obesity intervention program that included parents and grandparents had a significantly lower mean zBMI score at one year than the control group. The findings in PLOS Medicine, based on 1,641 6-year-old children, revealed that those in the intervention group were more likely to engage in physical activity and to eat more fruits and vegetables, compared with those in the control group.
Medscape (free registration) (12/4) 
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Schools & Community
Blue Shield of Calif. collaborates on mental health project
Blue Shield of California collaborated with the California Department of Education and nonprofit groups to launch Blue Sky, which will provide online and other mental health resources to students in middle and high school. The program will also provide one-on-one therapy for student and youth mental health first aid training.
Employee Benefit News (free registration) (12/3) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
The leadership mindset. Do you have what it takes?
AHIP's Executive Leadership Programs' call for applications is now open. ELP Fellows are health plan leaders who will ask the tough questions. They have an acute interest in leading our health care system through positive change. Learn more and see if you meet the criteria. Application deadline is March 20, 2020.
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Webinars: Don't miss out - register today.
Join us Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET for "Transform from Claims Payer to Health and Wellness Partner" as Oracle discusses wellness as an integrated care component. Join us Friday, Dec. 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET for "REAL Clinical Data to Improve Health Plan Performance" as InterSystems discusses an enterprise-wide data strategy to drive ROI.
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