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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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