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January 8, 2013
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Strategies to improve employee and population health

  Wellness Programs & Trends 
  • Neb. wellness program saves $4.2 million, shows ROI
    Nebraska's state employee wellness program has reduced health claims costs $4.2 million over three years and returns $2.70 for each $1 spent. The program, which covers preventive health care at 100% and has lower premiums, has led to the diagnosis of more than 500 cases of early-stage cancer. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Verizon employees lose weight using onsite fitness center
    About 40% of employees at the Verizon Wireless call center in Elgin, S.C., have become members of the onsite fitness center, while others can use marked walking paths inside and outside of the building. Shell Caldwell, who lost 130 pounds with the help of exercising at the center, said it has changed her life dramatically. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Some youths still don't meet daily physical activity goals
    U.S. researchers looked at 1,218 6- to 11-year-olds included in the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that only 38.3% met both daily physical-activity and screen-time recommendations. More than 70% of respondents got the recommended 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily, while 53.5% had screen time of two or fewer hours per day, according to the study in JAMA Pediatrics. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health News & Research 
  • Report finds continued decline of cancer deaths in U.S.
    Cancer mortality rates among men, women and children up to age 14 dropped every year from 2000 to 2009, continuing the downward trend that started in the 1990s, a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed. New cancer diagnoses dropped in men and remained unchanged in women, but pediatric cancer diagnoses rose by 0.6% during the study period. WebMD (1/7), HealthDay News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Influenza burden remains high among U.S. children, study shows
    Despite the expansion of influenza vaccine recommendations to include all children aged 6 months or older, fewer than 45% of children without influenza received complete vaccination, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Young babies had the highest hospitalization rate for a single influenza season of children under age 5, researchers said. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report cites a shift on healthy eating
    A consumer trend report by Technomic says that 64% of consumers said eating healthfully is important, compared with 57% in 2010, and that ideas about healthful eating are changing. "We're seeing more consumers gravitate toward health-halo claims -- such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole-wheat and free-range," Technomic's Darren Tristano says. Convenience Store News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Snacking among Americans has increased
    A survey by research firm The Hartman Group indicates that Americans snack more often than they did in the past, consuming an average of 2.3 snacks per day, most often in the afternoon, evening and late at night. Researchers also found that most snacks were eaten at home, while 12% of respondents reported eating snacks at work and 7% said they had snacks while traveling. Drug Store News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools & Community 
  • Mass. schools give school-lunch survey to students
    School districts in Massachusetts now have access to a survey intended to gauge students' reactions to new, healthier school meals. School nutrition professionals already are reporting higher participation in school-lunch programs. "With new regulations, new menus with healthy, attractive and affordable options are always expected," says Sheila Parisien, food-service director for Manchester Essex schools. "It makes sense to go to the source, the children." Gloucester Daily Times (Mass.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wellness Industry Developments 
  AHIP News 
  • Share ideas at AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit
    AHIP’s Dual Eligibles Summit: Improving Care, Coverage, and Cost, March 12 in Washington, D.C., will convene policymakers, advocates, providers, health plans, and community-based organizations to examine the latest federal and state developments and discuss issues related to access, care integration, and quality measurement for dual eligibles. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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