HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWS
U.S. Air Force team to provide dental care
arrangement between the U.S. Air Force and Trident Technical College has Staff
Sgt. Noreena Svoboda and Technical Sgt. Alycia Miller hanging up their uniforms
in exchange for scrubs. The two enrolled in TTC's dental hygiene associate
degree program and started classes in January. Once they complete the two-year
program, they will be re-assigned to a base in the Air Force where they're
is one of only two colleges in the nation partnering with the Air Force to
increase the level of dental care to those serving in the U.S. armed forces.
arrangement has a huge impact on the Air Force," said Chief Master Sgt. Terry
M. Hartford, headquarters Air Force superintendent of dental policy and
more Air Force students are slated to begin the program next spring.
personal training studio goes digital
and workout cards are on the way out at Faster Fitness, a chain of personal
training studios based in Charleston. Instead, trainers access and add to the
client's workouts with handheld computers that link to web-based software over
a Bluetooth wireless connection.
program allows trainers to instantly graph client progress on any exercise. It
automatically cues trainers to make strategic increases in weight, repetition
or aerobic work level by showing past performance and future goals upon demand.
The handhelds streamline the interface between client, trainer and program and
provide a user-friendly way to motivate the client by showing progress
president Chris McNeil developed the web-based software that runs on the HP
1945 Pocket PC computers through a Belkin Bluetooth Access Point. McNeil claims
the "Wireless Workout" is part of a larger plan of changing the fitness
see fitness programs evolving nationwide to be much more advanced than they are
now," says McNeil. "The benefit is the motivation of having both clear goals
and an ongoing experience of success. Making the fitness programs digital makes
a client's goals and progress much more visual and accessible."
employees impacted by rising health premiums
rising health care costs are forcing employers across North and South Carolina
to pay double-digit premium increases. In turn, employers are scaling back
benefits and passing a larger share of the rising costs to employees.
is according to Compdata Surveys' latest annual survey of employers'
compensation practices, the largest of its kind in the region with data from
more than 154,000 incumbent workers on 468 job titles.
employers struggle to deal with double-digit premium increases, they are
looking to employees to shoulder more of the burden. In 2001, 40.8% of
employers in the region asked their workers to pay more of the costs of health
insurance, the survey showed. This number increased in 2002 to 41.3%, and even
further in 2003, to 55.9%. Experts are predicting the increases will continue
in 2004 and is indicative of a larger trend across the country.
across South Carolina are preparing measures to reduce the impact of these
costs," said Suzanne Adams, manager of survey operations for Compdata Surveys.
"However, the overall costs are going up dramatically, and employers will be
forced to share some of these expenses with employees."
employers are experiencing the same rising costs as the rest of the state and
nation. Over 83% of Charleston organizations experienced a premium increase
with the average increase equaling 16.9%. In response, 63.6% of Charleston
employers raised the employee portion of the premium.