Taking Action Express: Depression release valve, learning and networking opportunities…

 NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Exercise May Keep Depression at Bay


You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, except on trails specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling. This inexpensive, family-friendly activity is accessible statewide. Click the image to learn more.

Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely studies covered in this November New York Times article. The studies pool outcomes from research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair.

Action Group member employers are invited to join our next Care Delivery Learning Network that will address the high cost and variability of mental health care in Minnesota (see Learning Network article, below). To view the studies, select these links:

“Are lower levels of cardiorespiratory fitness associated with incident depression?”
(Preventive Medicine, October 2016)

“Exercise as a treatment for depression: A meta-analysis adjusting for publication bias”
(Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, June 2016)

Still Time to Join Our Next Learning Network!

With one in five U.S. adults experiencing mental illness each year at an annual cost of $193.2 billion in lost earnings, The Action Group is forming a Learning Network to address opportunities for learning and impact in this area in 2017. We are building the agenda, conducting a market assessment, identifying key informants, and inviting employer members to participate. RSVPs are due by December 15.

To view the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Fact Sheet, click here.

Click here to see FOUR key reasons to join the Mental Health Learning Network!

Please contact Carolyn Pare (952-896-5185, cpare@mnhealthactiongroup.org), or Deb Krause (952-529-1119, dkrause@mnhealthactiongroup.org) with questions.


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Free Webinar to Help Employees Choose Wisely   

Members and guests are invited to join us for “Helping Employees Choose Wisely,” a free Action Group webinar! Please join us for an update from Consumer Reports and overview of resources available, including a NEW, easy-to-use (and free!) Minnesota campaign to help your organization empower employees to take charge of their health in 2017.

In this new Action Group blog, special webinar guest presenter, Dominic Lorusso, Director, Health Partnership for Consumer Reports, talks about the high incidence of low- and no-value care that is harming patients physically and financially, and offers tips and tools employers can adopt for lowering costs and improving health.

December 6, 2016
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Webinar (Dial-in information will be sent in advance to registrants)

Please RSVP by clicking here.


Members and Curious Guests Invited!
Special December 15 Meeting

We are extending a special invitation to members, and guests who are considering membership, to join us for our next meeting: Looking Back with Our Eyes on the Future. If you are already a member and have not been to a meeting in awhile, this is a great chance to learn about opportunities to reengage with us. If you are considering membership, you will learn how we are doing together what no single person or organization can do alone. To become a member, please contact Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org).

December 15, 2016
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Networking from 7:30-8)

Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel
3800 American Boulevard E.
Bloomington, MN

Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org)


New Materials on Prediabetes and Diabetes Now Available!

Action Group members and guests recently gathered to discuss and learn more about the best options for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes, the costliest traditional therapy class for payers for the fifth consecutive year.

Meeting materials are available through the red radio button, below.

Interested in Continuing the Conversation?

The American Diabetes Association and Real Appeal are offering a free event:

Wellness Lives Here Luncheon: Reducing the Cost of Diabetes in the Workplace

December 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pinstripes–Edina, MN.

RSVP here by December 7, 2016. 


Carve Out Time to Have the Conversation: Advance Care Directive Planning

In life we prepare for everything… college, marriage, children, and retirement. Despite the conversations we have for these important milestones, rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Start the Conversation offers simple and helpful tips for opening the lines of communication about this topic affecting us all.

Related and Interesting: 
From the National Quality Forum:

■  Strategies for Change: A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care

From The Action Group:

■  Advance Care Planning Employee Communications Toolkit
■  Advance Care Planning Statewide Call to Action


Join us for our December 15 meeting!

“Don’t look back unless you can smile; don’t look ahead unless you can dream!”
Irish Proverb

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