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Weekly Article Roundup | 11.18.11

November 18, 2011 / Employee Engagement / Virgin Pulse

All the news you need from this past week.

Too little exercise, too much TV tied to depression
(Reuters) – Older women who got more exercise and less television time were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression, according to a US study of thousands of women — with physical activity having the biggest impact. …

Worker’s health premiums rose 63% in 7 years, study says
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
U.S. workers’ health insurance premiums rose 63 percent from 2003 to 2010 as employers shifted more of the burden of rising medical costs to individuals and families, a study showed. The total cost of insuring a family through employer- sponsored health plans rose 50 percent over the same period, reaching an average of $13,871 a year by 2010, according to the Commonwealth Fund study, based on annual …

Sugary drinks expand women’s waists
Doctors have warned people for years that too many sodas or sugary drinks can cause weight gain. But now a new study finds two or more sugary beverages a day can expand a woman’s waistline, even if she doesn’t  gain weight. And that can be dangerous to a woman’s health.

Why Walk? Why Not?
Huffington Post
The Surgeon General says fewer than one-third of Americans get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day, a scary statistic at a time when 68 percent of adult Americans are overweight or obese. While it may seem intimidating to step into a …

Whatever Court Rules, Major Changes in Health Care Likely to Last
New York Times
And a combination of the law and economic pressures has forced major institutions to wrestle with the relentless rise in health care costs. From Colorado to Maryland, hospitals are scrambling to buy hospitals. Doctors are leaving small private …

What Supreme Court ruling could mean for healthcare
Some consumer groups argue a repeal of the individual mandate would lead to higher insurance premiums for Americans as a whole, as those without coverage would continue to use the emergency room as their only healthcare, shifting costs onto the insured …

Views About Personal Healthcare Costs Largely Unchanged
For the last five years, satisfaction with personal healthcare costs has varied only slightly, between 57% and 62%. Americans’ relatively high level of satisfaction with the total cost of their personal healthcare contrasts with their low satisfaction, …

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