Just wrote this article up for my rotation at ACPM (American College of Preventive Medicine)
A new longitudinal study of workplace wellness plans, overseen by Principal Investigator, Dr. Dee Edington at the University of Michigan, found significant cost-savings with the programs. The study, which analyzed expenses and savings of a utility company in the Midwest over nine years, estimated savings of $12.1 million in association with the company’s participation with the wellness program as opposed to the $7.3 million it spent on the program. Indirect costs, such as those for recruitment and for changing food menus, as well as all pharmacy and medical costs were assessed. Cost-savings were further demonstrated using very conservative figures. This study illustrates the importance of wellness plans in the workplace as a cost-savings tool. Of note, Dr. Edington was the ACPM KBS Guest Lecturer in 2009.
View a write-up of the article at http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=7928
A recent study done by Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and Sweden's Institute of Environmental Medicine found some disappointing findings in regards to women's chocolate intake and heart health (Ok, it's disappointing to me...not really to science). The article, published in Circulation, found that only a MODERATE amount of dark chocolate would improve woman's odds of not developing heart failure (HF) as opposed to a larger amount (there goes my daily dose).The researchers found a rate ratio (odds ratio) of HF was 26% lower among those who consumed 1-3 servings of chocolate per month and 32% lower among those who consumed 1-2 servings of chocolate per week, but the rate of HF was similar among women with no regular chocolate intake and those who consumed chocolate 3-6 servings per week and those who consumed one or more servings per day. The horror!!!!!!!!!!!
This deeply saddens me, as I have been convinced that dark chocolate (more than 60% cocoa) in any amount would improve my health...despite the saturated fat and calories it brings with it. All those polyphenols are well...going to have to be eaten in moderation. Oh well...another delectable treat bites the dust in my eyes.
(Ok, so I'm being a bit sarcastic...never truly believed a large amount of chocolate in any form is beneficial...I just dreamt it was!)
DISCLAIMER: The content of this website does not serve as medical advice nor does it substitute for a thorough medical
evaluation by a qualified health care practitioner. It also does not represent the opinions of any of the medical institiutions or practitioners mentioned.
Consult a physician or local health care provider before changing any medications, diet or exercise regimen.