CA Access News

September 2009

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us

 

What is the Cost of Obesity to Your Organization?

Currently, two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese. The effects of such a high obesity rate on the cost of health care to employers, independent of size, are widespread and can result in direct and indirect costs.

In 2000, the total cost (direct and indirect) attributable to obesity was estimated to be $117 billion, and between 1987 and 2001, diseases associated with obesity accounted for 27 percent of the increases in medical costs. Medical expenses for obese employees are estimated to be between 29 percent and 117 percent greater than medical expenses for employees with a healthy weight. Read more

Lilly Broadens Income Eligibility for Patient Assistance Programs

In the midst of the down economy, many Americans have seen their financial situations change -- for the worse -- forcing them to make difficult sacrifices to afford medications or detrimental decisions to stop taking medicines. To meet this demand, Lilly USA adjusted the income eligibility from the previous 200 percent of the current Federal Poverty Level to 300 percent for its most widely used patient assistance programs. As an example, the new yearly eligible income limit for a family of two corresponds to approximately $44,000. To learn more about patient assistance programs provided by Lilly USA and how it can help individuals in your community, visit www.lilly.com/responsibility/programs.

Partner Spotlight

Worksite Wellness LAWorksite Wellness LA

Mission
To improve the health status of low income, medically underserved families through workplaces in Los Angeles County.

About
Founded in 1996, Worksite Wellness LA's (WWLA) goal is to create a bridge between these underserved families and the health care system by providing information at the worksite that encourages personal responsibility, a healthy lifestyle, and timely and appropriate utilization of health care services.

Web site
www.worksitewellnessla.org

Calendar

CPAT Seminars:

Clinical Trials
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Residence Inn Stockton
3240 March Lane
Stockton, CA 95219

For more information, please contact Sharon Bacon at (916) 498-1890 or sharon.bacon@acpublicaffairs.com

RSVP

Worksite Wellness
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Bank of America Rooms B & C
350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information, please contact Arlen Valdivia at (323) 466-3445 or arlen@cerrell.com

Complimentary parking is located in the subterranean parking structure which can be accessed off of the 4th Street side of the Chamber building.

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Pandemic Flu
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Sacramento
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information, please contact Charlotte Phillips at (916) 658-0144 or charlotte@perrycom.com

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In the News

Health Action Set to Unveil Worksite Wellness Program
North Bay Business Journal, August 24, 2009
Employers will soon be invited to participate in a region-wide worksite wellness initiative that seeks to improve the health of the local work force as well as recognize the county's healthiest businesses.

Getting Healthy While on the Job
KERO-TV Bakersfield (ABC-23), August 13, 2009
When Theresa Knox was diagnosed as being in the early stages of diabetes, she knew she needed to make some lifestyle changes. In just a few months, she lost 35 pounds. It wasn't an easy task but with the help of following the wellness program provided by her employer, Vintage Production, she is now walking her way to better health.

San Jose Could Save Millions by Trimming Employee Health Care
San Jose Mercury News, August 2, 2009
With San Jose facing a staggering $90 million deficit in the coming year, city auditors have found a way to save about $20 million a year. But it won't be popular with city employees. The remedy? Bring San Jose's generous health care benefits more in line with plans offered by other governments and private employers.

Fitness Zone Open at South Whittier Park
Whittier Daily News, July 30, 2009
Things are looking healthier for South Whittier residents with the opening of the new Mayberry Park Fitness Zone. The $60,000 outdoor exercise facility includes a half dozen pieces of gym equipment to be used by residents for free.

Interesting Information

Preparing for the 2009-2010 Flu Season

The workplace may act as a "point of spread," where employees can easily spread flu to their fellow employees as well as to others in the community. The flu can have a major impact on business operations, causing workers to stay home because they are sick or because they need to care for sick family members. They may also need to stay home and take care of their children, if schools dismiss students or childcare programs close. This toolkit provides steps that business owners, managers, and employees can take to minimize the effect of flu in the workplace.

Plan Now:

  • Consider ways to allow sick employees to stay home without fear of losing their jobs.
  • Develop flexible leave policies to allow employees to stay home to care for sick family members or for children, if schools dismiss students or childcare programs close.
  • Share best practices with other businesses in your community as well as companies in your supply chain and local businesses associations.
  • Add a "widget" or "button" to your company Web page or employee Web site so employees can access the latest information on the flu:
    www.cdc.gov/widgets
    www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Campaigns/H1N1/buttons.html
    www.hhs.gov/web/library/hhsfluwidgets.html
    www.flu.gov/news/socialmedia
  • Purchase supplies such as tissues, soap, and alcohol-based hand cleaners to encourage healthful habits in the workplace.
  • Plan for how business can continue if many employees must stay home to maintain productivity. Designate and train other employees in the event someone becomes sick to make sure you can continue your critical functions.

Take Steps Now:

  • Advise all employees to stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). Make sure fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Employees who get sick at work should go home as soon as possible and, if the employee cannot go home immediately, he or she should be separated from other employees.
  • Encourage sick employees at higher risk of complications from flu to contact their health care provider as soon as possible. Taking antiviral medicines early might prevent severe complications from the flu, such as hospitalization or death.
  • Encourage all employees who want protection from flu to get vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also encourage employees who are at higher risk for complications from 2009 H1N1 flu to receive the vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 flu complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.
  • Provide resources and a work environment that promotes hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes. Provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, and alcohol-based hand cleaner. Offer education on hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes in an easy-to-understand format and in appropriate languages. Go to www.flu.gov/plan/workplaceplanning/toolkit.html to find tools businesses can use.

For additional information on CDC's Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Influenza Season visit http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/workplaceplanning/toolkit.html

 

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