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Nine Opportunities to Optimize Your Health Benefits Programs

While we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, there’s another disease silently spreading around the country—one that costs employers millions in healthcare dollars and one that significantly reduces quality and length of life. We’re talking about metabolic syndrome. Today, nearly 47 million adults in the US have metabolic syndrome, which means having at least three of the following five risk factors: out-of-range waist circumference (BMI), elevated blood glucose, elevated blood pressure, …

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Why Redesigning Your Benefit Programs During A Pandemic Might be a Smart Move

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to employers across the country, one of the most significant being an increase in costs. And those costs are expected to continue growing. Research by PWC suggests virus-related employer costs could increase by as much as 10% in 2021 due to a variety of factors, including an increase in mental health utilization and the high cost of specialty drugs …

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How Could Diabetes Impact the Health of Your Company?

The number of people living with diabetes doubled throughout the 1990s and 2000s, growing into a significant public health threat. About 30.3 million (9.4%) of Americans had diabetes according to the latest population surveys from 2015, with 1 in 4 of these individuals unaware they had the disease. Another 1 in 3 adults also had prediabetes.  While numerous advances in diabetes therapies have emerged over the years, diabetes was still the 7th leading cause of death in the US.  Diabetes …

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Diabetes and Your Heart: November is National Diabetes Month

Ignoring symptoms of diabetes or pre-diabetes is easy to do. And if you’ve been diagnosed, it can feel inconvenient to follow treatment recommendations from your doctor. But your heart needs you to do your best to keep your numbers under control.   Diabetes-Cardiovascular Disease Link  Individuals with diabetes have a higher chance of developing heart …

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Medicare Opportunity: Looming Changes in Health and the Cost of the Boomer Generation

The population of older Americans is growing, and they are living longer than ever before. This combined with a high prevalence of chronic disease and swiftly soaring medical costs will have a significant impact on the Medicare program. Now more than ever, policymakers must consider these risks and the need to develop innovative solutions to …

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Let’s Get Physical: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

It’s never too late to start exercising, so let’s get moving! Results of a new study on the benefits of physical activity in American adults and a summary of the current exercise guidelines. Lack of Physical Activity Costs Lives and Dollars Physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy and maintaining good quality of …

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Newtopia is NOT Your Average “Wellness” Program

What sets us apart? We are a personalized habit change platform for disease prevention targeted towards at-risk individuals Around 82% of large US companies offer health and wellness programs as part of employer-sponsored health coverage, with the assumption that these will yield health and economic benefits. However, a new JAMA study showed that such programs …

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What 5% Weight Loss Can Do For You

How big of a problem is obesity for Americans today? It has been suggested to be the second cause of premature death and is one of the major contributors of preventable chronic diseases, and healthcare costs in the USA. Yet, a 5% weight loss is enough to start seeing improvements in overall health. Obesity is …

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The New Age of Employee Well-Being

Employers are under increasing pressure to keep their employees healthier–to preserve productivity and keep medical costs down. While there are a bewildering number of employee wellness programs and tools out there, we think the most effective place to start is to focus on the ‘chronics’ before they become chronic, by paying particular attention to employees …

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