Carrot Health Insights | Healthy Behavior #2: Hit the Gym

You know the drill: New Year, new you. Americans flock to the gym, fire up their blenders, and dive in on the Whole30… the list goes on and on. But for how long? According to surveys, 80-92% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Last year, in an analysis of Google search terms, iQUANTI found that the #1…

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Carrot Health Insights | Healthy Behavior #1: No Smoking

In the last issue of Carrot Health Insights, we discussed the “Big Four” consumer lifestyle behaviors that affect population health and cost outcomes. A person cuts his or her risk of cancer by 60%, and risk of most chronic illnesses by 80%, if he or she consistently does these four things: Doesn’t smoke Gets around 150…

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Carrot Health Insights | Four Healthy Behaviors

What are the long-term financial and health consequences of the lifestyles we lead? Two recent studies that analyze the behavioral determinants of health can help answer this question. Harvard University researchers focused on cancer in this article, and researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Mississippi looked at the behavioral determinants of chronic…

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Carrot Health Insights | Predicting Medicare Plan Choice

Picking a Medicare plan is a consumer choice. When seniors turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare, they have an array of plan types and insurance carriers to choose from. What factors influence this decision? Some are obvious: price, plan availability, plan design features, and physician network coverage. But this isn’t the full story. It…

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Carrot Health Insights | Hit The Road

Labor Day Weekend is almost here, and that means millions of Americans will be hitting the road. Last year, AAA estimated that 38 million Americans would travel 50 or more miles from home during the Labor Day Weekend, with automobiles accounting for 89% of these trips. For many people, driving a long way from home…

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Carrot Health Insights | Man’s Best Friend

See Spot. See Spot run. See John. John is Spot’s owner. See John walk Spot every day. See John not develop type 2 diabetes! Frederick the Great (of Prussia) wasn’t speaking about 21st century healthcare when he coined the phrase “dogs are man’s best friend”. But Frederick had a point. It turns out that owning…

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Carrot Health Insights | A Tale of Two Patients

Please allow us to introduce Matt and Jim. They are both non-smokers and a little overweight, not unlike many men their age. Looking at traditional electronic health records or claims-based demographic and clinical data, one would conclude that Matt and Jim are in relatively good health. No health system, insurer, or policymaker would be likely…

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Carrot Health Insights | Fast Food and Grocery Stores

What’s for dinner tonight? Are you planning to stop by your neighborhood grocery store… or the nearest McDonald’s or Burger King? For too many Americans, the answer to this question is “fast food”. People who live in food deserts, which the USDA defines as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other…

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Carrot Health Insights | Social Risk and Diabetes

Social factors – how people live their lives – are strongly correlated with health outcomes. Examples of social risk factors include unstable housing, social isolation, and financial burdens. These risks can be quantified. The Carrot Health Social Risk Index (SRI) uses 31 unique variables to measure the level of social risk that an individual is…

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