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Mindfulness: Is This the Way to Improve our Eating Habits and Reduce Smoking?


This week we had Judson “Jud” Brewer, MD, PhD from Claritas Mind join us on PopHealth Week. I have recently gotten into Mindfulness and have used HeadSpace (which has been very good) daily for over a month. I’ll discuss Headspace in another post. More recently I started Eat Right Now developed by Claritas Mind and have used it daily as well. Eat Right Now states it’s “a program that utilizes a proven scientific approach to help you control your food cravings.”

It has surprised me how much of an impact mindfulness can have on my thinking and behavior. Continue reading


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Fitness Trackers, Not so Accurate After All

As employers continue to push  employee health improvement or Wellness programs, they are looking at gathering more “validated” results instead of relying on the always questionable self reported data.  In particular the tracking of physical activity is one that has gotten much attention and companies now hand out Fitbits, Garmin devices, Jawbones and even Apple watches to track people’s walking and running. These are often tied to incentives for participation and many are associated with premium reductions.

The question is, just how accurate are these things and might there be some negative legal liability associated with their use?  I can tell you from having used a few including Fitbits, Garmin, and Basis as well as some GPS trackers, there are clearly issues, which I’ve highlighted in other posts. For instance, one can often get more steps for driving on a bumpy road, brushing one’s teeth, drying off after a shower and a myriad of other ways.  On the flip side, some devices worked while I was operating a power mower and others did not count any steps at all.

Now an article comes out that places even further doubt regarding the use of some of these devices.  You can read it here:

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Jacksonville Association of Health Underwriters Annual Conference

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On January 27th I’ll be presenting at the Jacksonville Association of Health Underwriters Annual Conference. This years theme is “Protecting Consumers.” My presentation will be on Wellness Programs: The good the bad and the ugly, during which I’ll explore some of the claims made by vendors, how to correctly measure these programs as well as what it takes to get results. Here is a link to the brochure.  PTC Handout Speakers

If you’re in Jacksonville, I hope to see you there.

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“Welcome to Health: Population 1” the PHA Forum

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This years PHA Forum has The Great Debate during the Executive Institute between Al Lewis and Ron Goetzel on Wellness Programs and ROI, but the PHA Forum also has incredible keynotes, programming and networking.

The theme is “Welcome to Health: Population 1”. Why? Because we recognize that the person is critical, we move populations one person at a time. So whether you are into politics, a hospital or provider group doing population health, an employer, a health plan, looking to network with experts or someone who needs CME’s or CEU’s the PHA Forum has something for you.

We are all in this mission together to improve the lives and health of the people we serve, our community, patients, employees, family and friends and yes even ourselves. Come to the PHA Forum and learn real and useful insights from people who are actually doing it.

Early bird rates are still available and we have special really discounted rates for government personnel, employers and students. So join me and others in our nations capitol November 2-4 to learn, network and come together to create a true system of population health.

See you there.

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Last day for Early Bird Registration to the PHA Forum 2014

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Whether you’re a population health provider, an ACO, provider group, health system, employer, health plan, have products or services used to support population health management or an investment firm interested in the space, you need to attend the Population Health Alliance Forum 2014 in Scottsdale Arizona December 10 – 12. At the Forum you’ll get real world information on what’s worked and what hasn’t. You’ll hear from programs and PHM services in Medicare, Medicaid, employer groups and the military.

The Forum is bringing together great speakers like Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Esther Dyson, founder of the Way to Wellville, Brian Klepper, CEO, NBCH, David Nash, MD, Dean of the School of Population Health at Jefferson and Kaveh Safavi, Global Managing Director of Health, Accenture.

Add to that great tracks on Analytics to Action, Excelling in Engagement, Powerful PHM Strategies, and Tech Touch: Strategies in mhealth and Apps.

For Employers looking at wellness and other population health programs we are offering the Workplace Healthcare and Benefits Institute, on December 10, and if you register for this as an employer, you can attend the rest of the conference at no additional cost.

The Forum is an incredible opportunity to learn and Network with leaders in the population health space. In fact today is the last day for early bird registration so now is the time to sign up. You can learn more about the Forum here and register by clicking on the Logo below:

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And have you seen the hotel? Think December…. think Scottsdale, great place, great time of year,

Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

Hope to see you there.

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