Researchers analyzed data from the Jackson Heart Study involving 3,252 black adults without diabetes at baseline and found an association between moving up in the modifiable lifestyle risk factor category and an 18% lower risk of developing incident diabetes. The findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine also revealed that participants with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or less who had average modifiable risk factor scores experienced a 40% reduced diabetes risk, while those with optimal risk scores dropped their risk by 47%, compared with those in the poor lifestyle group.
Adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who had high levels of self-compassion experienced lower A1C and higher well-being and engagement with all self-management behaviors, including physical activity and dietary care, according to an Australian study in Diabetic Medicine.
A study in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental showed that each 10 metabolic equivalent hours per week increase in physical activity was associated with an 8% reduced risk for incident metabolic syndrome. Chinese researchers analyzed data from 18 studies involving 76,699 adults and found that those who met the public health recommendation of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity reduced their risk for developing metabolic syndrome by 10%, compared with inactive participants.
A $90,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente will provide all 17 Fresno, Calif., middle schools with a new hydrating system so students can fill their water bottles with filtered water during the day. Food Service Director Jose Alvarado said the system counts how often students fill their water bottles, which will help show how many plastic bottles are not going to the landfill.
Empathy is a new buzzword in workplace wellness, and one study showed 60% of employees said they would take less pay to work for an empathetic employer, writes Michele Bell of Cognoa. Creating a culture of empathy begins with understanding employees' backgrounds and needs, and offering a variety of family health and financial wellness benefits.
A healthy office should be mentally challenging, focus on health, wellness and happiness, and consider emotional awareness and interpersonal dynamics, according to Jeff Buenrostro, the "chief people officer" of Metric Theory in Denver. The company has an Engaged Management program for supervisors that shows them how to redirect employee stress, recognizing personal stress as separate from professional stress.
Researchers analyzed data on diabetes from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index and found that the disease accounts for 9.3% of the health impact of more than 200 conditions on commercially insured US adults, with the highest impact seen in communities in the Central South and Southeast regions. The findings also showed that the health impact of diabetes continues to grow, especially among patients ages 18 to 34.
CDC researchers found that more than 85% of adolescents ages 12 to 17 and 81% of young adults ages 18 to 24 who wear contact lenses reported at least one habit that may increase their odds of developing eye infections. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that failure to visit an eye doctor once a year and failure to replace lenses as prescribed were among the most prevalent risky behaviors reported by both teens and young adults.
The Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia has put new vending machines in county parks that offer healthier snack options. Wellness coordinator Elizabeth Ittner says the biggest challenge has been getting people to accept that vending machines can offer healthy foods.
Social work veteran and child welfare consultant Marie Cohen strongly criticizes a recent New York Times article characterizing child removal by welfare agencies as unwarranted punishment of poor families. "The reporters' fixation on child removals ignores the overall trend in New York City away from placing children in foster care and toward providing supportive services to families while the children remain at home," she notes.