Prudential expands benefits to reduce employee stress | Student loan repayment plans among top voluntary benefits | CDC examines trends in meeting physical activity guidelines
June 14, 2019
AHIP Wellness SmartBrief
Wellness Programs & Trends
Prudential expands benefits to reduce employee stress
A Prudential survey in 2009 showed 34% of its employees were financially stressed, so the company added budget coaching; changed health, retirement and disability benefits; expanded child care reimbursement; and paid parental and caregiving leave. By 2016, the number of employees reporting financial stress had dropped to 16%.
Employee Benefit Adviser (free registration) (6/13) 
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Student loan repayment plans among top voluntary benefits
Student loan repayment plans among top voluntary benefits
Student loan repayment is the most-requested voluntary benefit addition for employers as they increasingly are focused on improving the financial well-being of employees, said Corporate Synergies benefit consultant Nicholas Park. According to Park, the voluntary benefits category is evolving toward a total rewards program, and other options employers should consider include long-term-care coverage, executive individual disability insurance, telemedicine and pet insurance.
Employee Benefit Adviser (free registration) (6/12) 
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4 Practices to Elevate Your HSA Communications
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CDC examines trends in meeting physical activity guidelines
Researchers evaluated 2008 to 2017 data from the National Health Interview Survey and found that the prevalence of meeting physical activity guidelines rose from 19.4% to 25.3% among adults in urban areas and from 13.3% to 19.6% among those in rural areas. The findings in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed a higher prevalence among urban residents in all demographic regions and subgroups from 2016 to 2017 compared with 2008 to 2009.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (6/13) 
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Join the SmartBrief Team for Tacos & Drinks
Are you attending AHIP Insitute? Join our team on June 20th after the exhibit hall closes for food and drinks at Saint Anejo Cantina located at 1120 McGavock St. We can't wait to see you in Nashville! RSVP
Health News & Research
Report finds record-high mortality from suicide, alcohol, drugs
A Commonwealth Fund report found combined nationwide mortality from suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol reached record levels in 2017, but parts of the country were affected more heavily than others. The report, which used 47 measures to rank states, also looked at population health more broadly and found that health care coverage was a key differentiator between high- and low-ranking states.
NBC News (6/12) 
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Rotavirus vaccination lowers pediatric diabetes risk
Youths who received complete rotavirus vaccination were 33% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who weren't vaccinated, and there was an even lower risk among those who were given all three doses of the pentavalent vaccine, compared with those who received only two monovalent vaccine doses, according to a study in Scientific Reports. Researchers also found 94% and 31% lower rates of rotavirus infection-related and any hospitalizations, respectively, among vaccinated children during the first two months post-vaccination, compared with those who weren't vaccinated.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (6/13) 
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Study links red meat consumption to early death risk
A study in The BMJ showed that increasing consumption of processed and unprocessed red meat by at least half a serving daily was associated with a 13% and 9% higher risk of early death over eight years, respectively. Researchers evaluated data from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study involving 81,469 US adults and found that reducing red meat consumption and eating plant-based foods and other protein sources may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.
CNN (6/13) 
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Study quantifies how much time outdoors is needed for health benefits
A person needs to spend just two hours a week outdoors to see mental and physical health benefits, a study published in Scientific Reports suggests. "You can spread it over the course of a week or seem to get it in a single dose, it doesn't really matter," said study author Mathew White.
New Scientist (free content) (6/13) 
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Schools & Community
School fuels the future with health program
A Michigan elementary school has created the "Fueling Our Jets for the Future" project to encourage students to be more active and to make healthier food choices. A team of educators applied for and received grants to buy standing desks, a water bottle filling station and prizes for students who participate in the school's new walking club.
Daily Press (Escanaba, Mich.) (6/11) 
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Ohio hospital partners with market to develop cooking class space
Cleveland's University Hospitals helped develop the nearby Dave's Market & Eatery, creating a community space where its dietitians and chefs host cooking classes to teach people to make healthful food choices. "It really is building community and social support around healthy eating and around lifestyle changes," said Lora Silver, an UH community outreach dietitian.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (6/13) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
You can still register for Institute & Expo
There's still time to register for AHIP's Institute & Expo, June 19 through 21 in Nashville. You'll find thousands of people, including health insurance providers of all sizes, working together to make health care better. Take a look at who is attending. From sessions to the exhibit hall and networking events, they're all there. Make sure you are, too. Register today.
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AHIP's Health Savings Account (HSA) Expert Certificate online course gives you a detailed understanding of HSA strategies, best practices, its role in retirement planning, triple tax benefits, and more! Upon completion, you'll earn your HSA Expert Certificate. Enroll today!
Webinar: The impact of financial concerns on health - register today.
The rising cost of healthcare weighs heavily on Americans and greatly impacts financial health. HSAs and FSAs can be a big help, but many people miss out because they're confused by jargon or misconceptions. Join us on Tuesday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET for "HSAs/FSAs: Consumer Attitudes Impacting Health and Wealth" as WEX Health discusses the results of a study conducted with Visa, revealing ways to deliver more compelling messages that better resonate with members at various life stages.
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Editor's Note
A story in Wednesday's AHIP Wellness SmartBrief misstated the name of the college that is part of the Grow Appalachia effort. Berea College is part of the initiative. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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