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There are 7 item(s) tagged with the keyword "disease prevention".

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1. Ebola State of Emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, only the fifth time the designation has been used. Currently there are 2612 reported cases and 1756 reported deaths, making the year-old epidemic the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history

Tags: disease prevention, global
2. It's Time to Talk About Mental Health

Would you rather call in sick or disclose a mental health issue to your boss? For many, the stigma and bias associated with mental illness is the greatest barrier to treatment, but we can make that change. According to the 2019 Business Group/Optum Well-being Survey, one in four employees want more mental health supports from their employer.

Tags: HIV/AIDS, disease prevention, specialty pharmacy
3. Prepping for PrEP: What a New "A" Rating for Truvada Means for Employers

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued an “A” recommendation for the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, as well as HIV screening for individuals at risk for contracting HIV and all pregnant women. USPSTF “A” recommendations are the gold standard for evidence review for preventive health care services; this will expand access for your employees to valuable health care services and increase plan costs.

Tags: HIV/AIDS, disease prevention, specialty pharmacy
4. The Battle of the Bulge: It Starts Earlier than You Think

What comes to mind when you think about the health and well-being needs of the young adults in your workforce? Assistance with student loan debt, ample paid time off and community service opportunities might immediately strike you as important, but what about preventing excessive weight gain? If helping millennials fight the battle of the bulge doesn’t immediately surface as a pressing need, you’re not alone. According to Dr. William Dietz, young adults have largely been ignored when it comes to the prevention of overweight and obesity. However, recent research shows that targeting this particular age group is critical to fighting the ongoing obesity epidemic. 

Tags: disease prevention, physical health, well-being, weight management
5. It's Peak Season for Lyme Disease – What Should Employers Do?

Lyme disease, caused by a tick-borne bacterium, doesn’t typically affect a large amount of employees, however those who are suffering from Lyme disease often experience frustration in getting care to manage these symptoms. A small minority are even debilitated by the disease, preventing them from working and maintaining a good quality of life. Here are 5 strategies employers can use to help support employees to avoid or manage Lyme disease.

Tags: disease prevention
6. 7 Ways Employers Can Encourage Healthy Eating in the Workplace

Workplace nutrition programs play an integral role in supporting employee health. Since full-time working adults spend about 50% of their waking hours at work, employees are likely to eat at least one meal and a snack per day in the workplace. Employers should evaluate their current dining, catering and vending offerings using assessment tools or audits on healthy food offerings and sales.

Tags: healthy dining, weight management, disease prevention
7. Preventing COPD Through Tobacco Cessation Programs

November 16 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to progressive, incurable lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, etc.). Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chronic cough, wheezing, and chest tightness. The main risk factors for COPD include tobacco smoking, indoor or outdoor air pollution, or exposure to occupational dusts and chemicals.

Tags: tobacco, well-being, global, disease prevention

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