Carrot Health Insights

Carrot Health Insights is an email publication sharing intriguing connections between social, behavioral, environmental, economic, demographic, and other data sources with health outcomes. Select any of the Insights below to read more and subscribe to Carrot Health Insights to receive future Insights in your inbox.

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...