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4/19/2019

Transparency and communication go a long way, says Tony Bond, chief diversity and innovation officer at Great Place to Work. "When people feel like they have a voice, when you're intentionally building things that connect people on a regular basis, and when there's a strong flow of communication, all those things build a strong state of resilience," he says.

4/19/2019

McMahon Associates in Fort Washington, Pa., has a financial wellness program that includes paying $50 per month off an employee's student loan debt while encouraging them to put $50 in their 401(k). Jacqueline Poquette of Westlake Plastics in Middletown Township said the company offers financial assistance as part of its wellness program "in recognition of the impact financial stress and uncertainty have on the health, morale and happiness of our employees."

4/19/2019

A report to Congress showed the Department of Justice gave the Las Vegas police department high marks for its Police Employee Assistance Program, which helps officers address mental health issues. The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs report said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's peer-to-peer counseling services have "long been the standard" and are part of the department culture.

4/19/2019

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that women who have high cardiorespiratory fitness are 25% less likely to experience a first heart attack than those who are less fit. However, Aaron Baggish, the director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Cardiovascular Performance Program, cautioned that exercise alone won't make anyone immune from heart disease and following a healthy diet and not smoking are important factors.

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4/19/2019

The American Diabetes Association released a new consensus report that stresses the importance of providing individualized nutrition plans to patients with diabetes and "reflects the ADA's continued commitment to evidence-based guidelines that are achievable and meet people where they are," said Dr. William Cefalu, the ADA's chief scientific, medical and mission officer. Published in Diabetes Care, the report recommends drinking water instead of sugary beverages; eating nonstarchy vegetables and whole, unprocessed foods; replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats; and reducing consumption of refined grains and added sugars.

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4/19/2019

A study in Pediatrics showed that preteens who met seven to nine dietary, sleep, physical activity and screen use recommendations had 56% fewer mental health visits after four years, compared with those who only adhered to one to three lifestyle recommendations. The findings also associated every additional recommendation met to a 15% reduction in mental health visits at follow-up.

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4/19/2019

The CMS released its final annual notice of benefit and payment standards for Affordable Care Act plans for the 2020 coverage year, and it lowers the user fee for plans sold on the federal exchange to 3% of premiums and 2.5% for plans sold on state exchanges using the federal platform. It also permits health insurers to use copay accumulator programs to prevent drugmakers' coupons from counting toward a patient's maximum out-of-pocket costs when a generic alternative is available.

4/19/2019

A judge dismissed a petition from a group of five parents seeking to lift the mandatory measles, mumps and rubella vaccination order recently imposed in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Judge Lawrence Knipel sided with municipal health officials, who said the order is a necessary step to stem a surge in measles cases, especially among children from Orthodox Jewish communities.

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4/19/2019

Drugmakers spent more than $6.46 billion on advertising last year, a 4.8% increase over ad spending in 2017, according to Kantar Media. AbbVie spent $487 million to advertise Humira; Pfizer spent $272 million on Lyrica, $257 million on Xeljanz and $212 million on Chantix; and Eli Lilly and Co. spent $207 million on Trulicity advertising.

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4/19/2019

Ways to ensure having enough money for retirement include planning for extra health costs, adjusting finances due to longer expected life spans and considering the effects of inflation. People also should ensure their investments are positioned for growth and that they do not withdraw too much money too soon.

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