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The purpose of this section of our website is to share tidbits of information for your reading pleasure. This information includes the latest wellness updates found from a variety of news services.


Gallup report: Wellness programs are all about well-being

The success of employee wellness programs can depend on how a company defines and promotes well-being and creates a culture to support it, according to a Gallup report. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5 tool measures well-being by considering whether employees like their job and are motivated, have supportive relationships, can manage their finances to reduce stress, like the community in which they live, and are in good health. Read more


Fewer Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke, CDC says

The CDC said from 1999 to 2012, the overall number of people exposed to secondhand smoke dropped from 1 in 2 nonsmokers to 1 in 4. The study, published online in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found the decrease was not seen among subgroups such as children, blacks and people living in poverty, however. Read more


Report: Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer

A report from the American Cancer Society revealed lung cancer has replaced breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related mortality among women in developed countries. Smoking among women picked up in the 1970s, and the effects are being seen in cancer diagnoses today, researchers wrote in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Meanwhile, breast cancer diagnosis and treatment has improved, experts say. Read more


Survey: Many adults unaware that lifestyle affects cancer risk

Survey results released on World Cancer Day showed fewer than 50% of U.S. adults knew that lifestyle factors such as getting too little exercise and being overweight can affect cancer risk, but many were concerned about cancer-causing claims that lack scientific backing. The American Institute for Cancer Research report found more than half of the survey respondents believed stress, hormones in beef, genetically modified foods, food additives and artificial sweeteners can raise their risk of cancer. Read more


List names top 10 healthiest metropolitan areas in U.S.

IVantage Health Analytics analyzed over 4,300 U.S. hospitals for wellness, cost and population management outcomes and ranked Washington, D.C., as the healthiest metropolitan area in the U.S. Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia also were on the list. Read more


Many U.S. Consumers Do Not Use a Food Thermometer When Cooking Poultry, Despite Hazardous Risks

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Many consumers do not follow some recommended food safety practices when handling raw poultry at home, according to a study conducted by RTI International, Tennessee State University and Kansas State University. Read more


Employees may want different wellness options than employers

Survey data from nearly 2,000 people in Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program showed 28% of employers offered stress-relief activities and breaks while more than 71% of workers wanted them. Data showed 73% of workers want healthier food options but only about half of companies provided them, and almost 75% of employees wanted flexible work hours but less than half of workplaces offered the option. Read more


U.S. obesity rate climbed in 2014, Gallup-Healthways finds

The U.S. obesity rate grew to 27.7% in 2014, up from 27.1% in 2013 and 25.5% in 2008, data from a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicate. Researchers say Americans 65 and older had the greatest increase in obesity since 2008. Read more


Focus wellness on culture of health, not ROI, experts say

Corporate wellness programs should focus on building a culture of health instead of looking for return-on-investment from individual initiatives or disease management programs, Harris Allen of the Harris Allen Group and Dr. Raymond Fabius, president of HealthNEXT, write. They said employers and wellness vendors face hurdles in credibly and comprehensively assessing health burdens and drivers, and some common measures for assessment use data intended for other functions. Read more


Long-term high cholesterol adds to heart disease risk, study says

People age 55 who had high cholesterol levels for 11 to 20 years had a 16.5% risk of heart disease, while those who did not have high cholesterol had a 4.4% risk, according to data from the Framingham Heart Study, which was published on the website of Circulation. Read more


Privacy of employee health data is key wellness issue

Despite federal protections to ensure the privacy of employee personal health information provided to wellness programs, confidentiality remains a concern, experts said. National Business Group on Health vice president Steve Wojcik said many companies contract with a third-party vendor to run their wellness program, so employers may see only that an employee achieved goals or complied with participation requirements. Read more


Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll

Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. Annual health-care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the journal Public Health. Read more


Most Americans Have Access to ‘Exercise Opportunities’

More than three-quarters of Americans live close to at least one park or recreational facility, giving many people opportunity to exercise, a new study finds. For the study, published in the January issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, the investigators calculated the percentage of residents with access to exercise opportunities in nearly all U.S. counties. By state, access differed from 46 percent in Mississippi to 91 percent in Maryland, the study revealed. Read more


Prolonged sitting may increase disease, mortality risk

Canadian researchers who analyzed data from 47 studies found an association between long periods of sitting each day and higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death. The study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed the risks were not entirely eliminated through regular exercise, and researchers advised that people work in more activity throughout the day. Read more


Higher Birth Weight Indicates Better Performance in School

Newswise — GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s no secret that low-birth-weight babies face significantly greater risks for certain health problems early on, such as respiratory distress or infection. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University shows that lower weights at birth also have an adverse effect on children’s performance in school, which is likely due to the early health struggles small babies often face. – Read more


That flu shot you got? CDC says it doesn’t work for this year’s flu

(Reuters) – A sampling of flu cases so far this season suggests the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for the most common seasonal flu strain currently circulating in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Read more


Sitting time at work linked to obesity in women

Are you at work? Are you sitting down? You may want to get on your feet, as a new study has found a link between occupational sitting and increased risks of obesity, particularly among black women. Read more


Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants sleep with potentially unsafe bedding

Nearly 55 percent of U.S. infants are placed to sleep with bedding that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, despite recommendations against the practice, report researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions. Read more


How To Detect Infant and Toddler Injuries

Newswise — Bianca Edison, MD, MS is an attending physician in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and is assistant clinical professor of Orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Edison is a licensed, Board-Certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics who completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine. Her interests and experience include orthopaedic conditions affecting young children, teens, and athletes. Here she reviews common infant and toddler injuries, and how parents can determine if emergency medical care is needed. Read more