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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip of the Week

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Be aware of how you spend money. Treating yourself to a coffee every so often is necessary, but doing so every day may overextend your finances.

Wellness News

August 7, 2014

How Can Restaurants Sway Patrons to Make Healthier Choices?

Suggestions for how to sway restaurant-goers to choose healthier options are coming from an unlikely source – a food marketing professor at Cornell University. Brian Wansink recently published a study in the International Journal of Hospitality Management suggesting that restaurants could use basic graphic design techniques and menu planning to prompt people into choosing the healthier options on their menus. His study reveals that many menu options are chosen more often based on their location on the menu and on how the dish is described. For example, options at the top and bottom of columns sell by 25 percent more and dishes described as “Chef’s Recommendation,” or similarly, have shown to sell for 28 percent more.

For more on this study, see The Atlantic’s article here.

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August 1, 2014

CIVHC Launches Database for Comparing Common Surgery Prices

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) recently launched the All Payer Claims Database, a tool to compare how costs vary at different hospitals for the same medical procedures. The database includes common surgeries, like hip replacements or Cesarean-section births, and compares the cost at hospitals across the state. According to Denver Business Journal, some surgeries can vary by 200% at different hospitals in Colorado.

If you’d like to see how costs compare, the database is available at comedprice.org.

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Made to Move

JAMIE PFAHL, Community Liaison

There’s something weird about my couch. It seems to generate a strong, almost inescapable gravitational pull. It’s like a black hole that I risk falling into every day after work if I venture any closer than the coffee table. Every day except Wednesdays, that is.

So what sets Wednesdays apart? Three things – free pizza, free beer, and as many as 150 running buddies who won’t have nearly as much fun without my humorous commentary. Not to mention, group runs are really benefitting my social life. You can’t just plod along behind someone breathing heavily for an hour without at least saying, “Hello.” (Believe me, I’ve tried.)

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BHWP Partnership with Arkansas Department of Corrections Detailed in SCLC Interview

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program is partnered with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program (TPCP) and the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) to reduce smoking among the incarcerated populations in Arkansas. BHWP has been providing training for ADC counselors to integrate tobacco treatment as a component of their Therapeutic Communities. To read about how this partnership started and how it’s progressing, read SCLC’s interview with Brenda Howard, TPCP Cessation Section Chief.

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