Many companies move toward overall well-being programs | Corporate challenge draws participants from 361 companies | People who walk, bike to work have lower cardiovascular risks
May 23, 2018
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Wellness Programs & Trends
Many companies move toward overall well-being programs
A Shortlister survey of 144 benefits brokers showed 84% said companies are moving toward overall well-being programs instead of focusing just on physical well-being. The survey found 79% said companies were also adding niche benefits, such as mental health, financial wellness and diabetes management programs.
PlanSponsor online (5/22) 
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Corporate challenge draws participants from 361 companies
The 28th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Rochester, N.Y., included more than 8,700 participants from 361 companies. Wegmans employee wellness coordinator Kristen Deisenring said the event is part of the grocery chain's "get-moving" initiative and a good way for employees to get together.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Reduce tobacco use with right digital approach
Tobacco cessation is one of the most cost-effective wellness benefits you can offer--if smokers use it. See how digital tools increase engagement in cessation. Download this report to learn how a specialized digital cessation program can help more tobacco users quit. For good.
People who walk, bike to work have lower cardiovascular risks
Walking or riding a bike to work reduced the risk of ischemic heart disease by 11% and the risk of death from heart disease by 30%, researchers reported in the journal Heart. People who also walked or rode bikes when not traveling to work had even lower risks of fatal cardiovascular disease.
Healio (free registration) (5/22) 
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Health News & Research
AAP: Flu shot preferred over spray for upcoming season
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children be immunized with the inactivated influenza vaccine for the upcoming flu season and only receive the quadrivalent live-inactivated influenza vaccine as a last resort, noting the shot has provided consistently better protection than the nasal spray. The AAP will release a policy statement on flu prevention and treatment in September.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (5/22) 
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Report: US cancer incidence, mortality rates decreasing
The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer found cancer diagnoses and deaths in the US overall have been decreasing for men and women, mainly due to better treatments, prevention and screening in colorectal, lung and breast cancers. Prostate cancer death rates stabilized, however, after years of decline, and cases of oral and liver cancers are rising.
HealthDay News (5/22) 
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More US youths developing antibiotic-resistant infections
Researchers found that the rate of cephalosporin-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii among US children ages 1 to 17 rose from 13.2% in 1999 to 23.4% in 2012, while rates of cephalosporin- and carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii increased by 3% and 8% every year, respectively, during the same period. The findings in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society also showed that pediatric antibiotic-resistant infections slightly declined after 2008, but remained higher than at baseline.
Specialty Pharmacy Times (5/22) 
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Mediterranean diet may mitigate damage from air pollution
Closely following a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of death due to heart disease associated with exposure to air pollution, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society's annual meeting. Researcher Chris Lim said other research has shown dietary changes, such as increasing intake of antioxidants, can mitigate the adverse effects of exposure to air pollution.
HealthDay News (5/21) 
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Yoga may help older women with urinary incontinence
Findings from a small study found that yoga proved helpful in dealing with frequent bouts of urinary incontinence in older women, according to a presentation at an American Urological Association meeting. The women, ages 55 to 83, attended a three-month pelvis-focused group yoga program that resulted in a 75% decrease in the frequency of their incontinence.
United Press International (5/22) 
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Schools & Community
Hawaii announces free summer meals
Hawaii announces free summer meals
Students in Hawaii will have access to free meals over the summer at 68 public schools through the Seamless Summer Option. Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the Office of School Facilities and Support Services, said that summer can be a meal "gap" for students and the program seeks to solve that problem.
KHON-TV (Honolulu) (5/21) 
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Wellness Industry Developments
Technology, trends and business insight at Institute/Expo
Using technology and other tools to improve clinical care, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies seems simple. Yet, there are challenges. Sessions at Institute & Expo, June 20 through June 22 will explore how to introduce and implement advanced tools, making "high-tech" and "high-touch" a reality, tactics to encourage customer loyalty through better engagement, and innovations to watch. Register today.
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Unlike mass market sites, the AHIP Career Center was created for health care professionals. With data tools that get you from post to placement faster, it's the better way to target health care's best and brightest. Discover all the ways it can work hard for you. Post a job today.
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