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Health Briefs Features the Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program
Date:5/4/2013

Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) May 04, 2013

The producers of Health Briefs with Terry Bradshaw are pleased to announce the Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program will be featured in an upcoming segment on "Optimizing Workplace Productivity through Effective Wellness Solutions" as part of the show's Business of Healthcare series.

Despite the fact that the United States is home to world class medical centers, America’s health continues to decline in a number of areas. According to United Health Foundation's 2012 America's Health Rankings report, a quarter of U.S. adults take at least four prescriptions regularly. About 28% of American adults are obese, 9.5% have diabetes, 31% have high blood pressure, and 26% are mostly sedentary.

The State of Arkansas is working to improve these statistics. Through Act 724, passed by the Arkansas legislature in 2005, the Arkansas Department of Health and the Department of Human Services have launched the Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program (AHELP) to help state employees adopt healthy lifestyles. AHELP follows a behavior change model, designed to increase healthy behaviors including: eating fruits and vegetables, engaging in regular physical activity, obtaining age-appropriate health screenings, and avoiding or quitting the use of all tobacco products.

"We strive to find current stories that have viewers' best interests in mind, and we found just that with the Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program,” said Paul Scott, Executive Producer of Health Briefs.

To help change the health of Arkansas state employees, the bill provides an incentive. Those who participate in AHELP, using a web-based point tracking system for healthy behaviors, can earn up to three days of leave per 52 weeks.

"The Arkansas Department of Health is excited to have the opportunity to work with Health Briefs highlighting the Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program," said Katrina Betancourt, Worksite Wellness Section Chief with the Arkansas Department of Health. "There are roughly one million working adults in Arkansas of which approximately 73,000 are state employees. Educating the public on the importance of worksite wellness and health promotion interventions are critical to the health of our state."

"The U.S. is currently facing an epidemic of unhealthy lifestyles that contribute to risks of chronic diseases," said Dr. Ron Goodman, Senior Medical Producer for Health Briefs. "The Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program is a great example of people working together to improve the health and well-being of employees and their families."

A similar program, the Community Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program (CHELP), was introduced in November 2012 to help those within communities and private industry to adopt healthy lifestyles.

The five-minute Health Briefs television segment will educate viewers on AHELP and CHELP, and the important roles these programs are playing in helping to improve the health of Arkansans. For more information about the Arkansas Department of Health, please visit http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov. For more information about the Arkansas Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program, please visit https://www.ahelp.arkansas.gov.

Health Briefs combs the nation and the globe to bring viewers fascinating stories and firsthand insights from entrepreneurs and leaders within the healthcare community. Hosted by Terry Bradshaw, the television show explores the emerging technologies, progressive treatments, revolutionary people, and innovative companies that are all part of the global health industry. Health Briefs airs nationally and regionally on many popular television networks. For more information, please visit http://www.health-briefs.com

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