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11/16/2018

The percentage of US adults with diabetes rose from 10.8% in 2008 to 2009 to 11.5% in 2016 to 2017, while obesity rates increased from 26.0% to 28.3%, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. West Virginia had the highest diabetes rate at 17.9%, compared with less than 9% in Alaska, Colorado and Montana.

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11/16/2018

Voluntary benefits in 2019 will focus on student loan debt, caregivers, increasing savings, employee communications and encouraging the use of financial wellness benefits, according to Purchasing Power Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Halkos. "2019 is going to see even more growth and refinement of these benefits that provide so many options that resonate with employees," Halkos said.

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Elizabeth Halkos
11/16/2018

Researchers used a cohort of 80 adults with and without overweight or obesity and found those who maintained weight loss had the same amounts of physical activity throughout the week and weekend, compared with a decline in physical activity over the weekend among those in the overweight/obesity group. The findings, presented at ObesityWeek, revealed that weight-loss maintainers were also more active within three hours of waking up and in the early morning and early afternoon during the week than the normal-weight and overweight/obesity groups.

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Obesity
11/16/2018

Despite a strong economy, Americans' confidence about retirement has declined, according to a survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and Heart + Mind Strategies. More than 60% of survey respondents said it is more difficult to retire on time now than it was five years ago.

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11/16/2018

A CDC report found that the suicide rate among Americans of working age rose by 34% from 2000 to 2016, and some jobs are associated with higher risk than others. Researchers analyzed the occupations of over 22,000 people who died of suicide in 17 states and found rates were highest in construction and extraction fields for men and in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media for women.

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11/16/2018

California's Department of Managed Health Care has approved the proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna on the condition that they would keep premium hikes to a minimum after the deal. Company leaders also agreed not to raise premiums as a result of acquisition costs and to invest $240 million in the state's health care delivery system.

11/16/2018

The FDA on Thursday announced that it will ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in convenience stores and most other traditional retail outlets to reduce the prevalence of vaping among youths. The sale of sweet- and fruit-flavored tobacco products is limited to age-restricted stores or online merchants that use age-verification checks under the new restrictions, and the agency also plans to seek a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

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11/16/2018

A Financial Finesse report showed the financial health of employees improved when they were continuously engaged in a financial wellness program, and retirement contribution rates increased by 38%. The report found this trend also leads to a reduction in the average age at which workers can retire and replace 80% of their income.

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PlanAdviser online
11/16/2018

Hennepin County in Minnesota began offering an employee wellness program in 1982, and the current HealthWorks initiative, open to its more than 11,000 employees, spouses and retirees, includes stress reduction, weight management and exercise. The county estimates the $1.4 million program could save $2.8 million by preventing illness and workplace burnout.

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11/16/2018

Youths conceived with assisted reproductive technology had 58% increased odds of developing intellectual disabilities at ages 8 or older, as well as a higher likelihood of severe deficits, compared with those born without ART, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers also found that intellectual disabilities and known genetic disorders were more likely among those born through intracytoplasmic sperm injection compared with those born through traditional in vitro fertilization.

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