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Dec. 3, 2014

2014 Innovation Award Winners

NAMCP, AAMCN and AAIHDS are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Innovation Awards, which recognize a company or organization that is improving outcomes, costs or quality using an innovative method in the workplace. The award winners are as follows:

NAMCP Medical Directors Institute Innovation Award Winner: Yale-New Haven

AAMCN Innovation Award Winner: MDWise

AAIHDS Innovation Award Winner: Keystone First, an affiliate of AmeriHealth Caritas

Save the date: 2015 Spring Managed Care Forum

Save the date for the 2015 Spring Forum being held April 23-24, 2015 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club. More information will be available shortly.More

How to work out on your lunch break
U.S. News & World Report
Time is precious, and sometimes it’s difficult to find enough of those precious minutes to work out. You’re way too tired to hit the gym before work, and after a long day the last thing you want to do is hop on a treadmill. There’s good news, however — if you get a lunch break, you can get the body you want. Just follow these tips, and you’ll be able to fit in a workout and a shower and still have time to eat — all before your boss even notices you’re not at your desk.More

Holiday training: How to burn it off
Did you indulge in that extra serving of pumpkin pie? Here’s a quick overview on how to burn off all of the extra calories you might be consuming during the holiday season. More

How some exercisers are using GPS to create art
ABC News
Some people exercise for weight loss. Others train for marathons. Bret Lobree cycles so he can draw a really nice picture of a turkey. Lobree is part of a growing group of exercisers who use their outdoor workouts to draw GPS images. After downloading a fitness app like RunKeeper, Nike+ or Strava Run, they turn on the global positioning system function of their smart device, then ride, run or walk through a route to trace an image or a word on a computerized map.More

When you exercise: Check your motivation
The Huffington Post
Caitlyn Corradino writes: It's 5 p.m. Assuming a reasonable amount of sleep, there's only about five or six hours left in my day. I contemplate how I should spend them. Time is limited, so I must prioritize. So this leaves an hour or two to do something extra. My mind instantly assumes I should use this time to go to the gym.More

Study: Heart disease and diabetes risks tied to carbs, not fat
Is the pendulum swinging back? In what seems contrary to mainstream dietary advice, a small new study shows that doubling the saturated fat in a person's diet does not drive up the levels of saturated fat in the blood. Rather, the study found that it was the carbohydrates in people's diets that were linked with increased levels of a type of fatty acid linked to heart disease and type-2 diabetes. More

The 11 most destructive nutrition lies ever told
Business Insider
There is a lot of misinformation circling around in mainstream nutrition. Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions of mainstream nutrition. More

5 reasons your diet is not working
The Huffington Post
The holiday season in full swing can only mean one thing ... that diet season is lurking in the shadows, waiting to make life miserable for all. Let's face it, while it would be great to stand our gluten-free, sugar-free, carb-free ground, the majority of us lose all self-control and go bonkers for biscuits as soon as Halloween hits.More

Researchers tinker with a time-restricted diet in mice and find that it is remarkably forgiving
Medical Xpress
These days, with the abundance of artificial light, TV, tablets and smartphones, adults and children alike are burning the midnight oil. What they are not burning is calories: with later bedtimes comes the tendency to eat. A new study by researchers at the Salk Institute cautions against an extended period of snacking, suggesting instead that confining caloric consumption to an 8- to 12-hour period-as people did just a century ago-might stave off high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.More

Exercise may prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy
Moderate exercise is encouraged during pregnancy for plenty of reasons, but it may also help women avoid gaining too much weight, say U.K. researchers. They reviewed studies since the 1990s looking at whether exercise alone helps prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy, and found that it does, or helps with weight loss after delivery, and found that it doesn’t.More

Does stretching prevent injury in exercise?
The Wall Street Journal via Fox News
Touching one’s toes or moving the head in a circle feels positively blissful to most healthy adults. But the benefits of stretching are much argued in the halls of kinesiology departments and fitness centers across the country. One professor of sports medicine at the University of Virginia, Jay Hertel, explains the upside of a full range of motion and why sometimes feeling good is enough reason to get those shoulders rolling.More

Why antioxidants don't belong in your workout
The New York Times
Antioxidant vitamins are enormously popular with people who exercise. The supplements are thought to alleviate muscle damage and amplify the effects of exercise. But recent studies have raised questions about whether antioxidants might be counterproductive for runners and other endurance athletes. And now a cautionary new experiment adds to those doubts by finding that antioxidants may also reduce the benefits of weight training.More

Eating fat to boost vitamin D and calcium
The New York Times
Must you eat fat to absorb calcium and vitamin D? Fat does improve the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D, but for calcium, that is not the case, said Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes, the director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.More