February 10, 2012   |   ISSUE: 15

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At-Work Wellness Boosts the Bottom Line

At-Work Wellness Boosts the Bottom Line The real motivator for Americans to get fit at work isn't smaller jeans - it's a bigger bank balance.

Employees enrolled in workplace wellness programs report reduced personal healthcare costs, most commonly because of fitness center discounts and free preventative screenings, according to the findings of a recent survey by Principal Financial Group.

While the survey does not quantify the dollar amount of costs saved per employee, Principal's research does attempt to do so on the corporate level.

Survey results show that employers who invest in wellness programs see increased employee retention, attendance, and productivity. The numbers show that medical costs improve "by an average of $3.27 and absenteeism costs improve by an average of $2.73 for every dollar spent on wellness."

Thus far, large corporations have led the charge.

Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart

What's Going Around - Allergic Reactions

What's Going Around - Allergic Reactions The immune system is your body's defense against infection. Occasionally, something will trigger a false alarm. Certain foods, plants, lotions, solvents, or medications can do this. Sometimes your immune system will suddenly react against a specific body tissue, a reaction called an auto-immune response.

Oral Health May Indicate Extent of Arthritis

When should I start testing my kids for allergies?

When should I start testing my kids for allergies? Even among allergists there is a debate about the usefulness of doing skin testing prior to one year of age. That's because the child's immune system is still developing and the information gathered from these tests may not be very reliable. After age one most allergist seem to agree that skin testing can be done in a useful manner, identifying the underlying cause of allergies.

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Why your cholesterol levels matter

Why your cholesterol levels matter Cholesterol. We hear a lot about it but what is it? And why does it matter?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is produced naturally by the body. It can also come from foods made from animal products.

Cholesterol is divided into three categories: HDL ("good" cholesterol), LDL ("bad" cholesterol), and triglycerides.

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Taking preventive steps for your health has many benefits

As your 2012 calendar starts to fill, think about making appointments for health screenings you know family members need this year.

"People get busy, and if they feel well, they go about their business thinking they are healthy," says Glen Stream, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

But it's easy to get confused about what screenings you need, and how often to get them, especially when recommendations change or when different medical groups have conflicting guidelines. Your first step: Find a doctor who can help you sort it all out, suggests Stream. "You really need to have a coordinated plan."

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Good Dental Health is Vital to Overall Childhood Wellness

Good Dental Health is Vital to Overall Childhood Wellness During National Children's Dental Hygiene Month in February, James Bramson, D.D.S., chief dental officer for United Concordia Dental, wants to emphasize the importance of good dental health to overall childhood wellness.

"More and more scientific evidence is emerging that links the health of your mouth to the health of your body," said Dr. Bramson. "As a dentist and chief dental officer for United Concordia, I know that untreated cavities in children can have many bad effects - infection and pain - and the lack of good oral hygiene can result in gum disease that follows them into adulthood."

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