Emory Report
November 17, 2008
Volume 61, Number 12



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November 17, 2008
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Grant to form health costs center
Emory’s Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions has received a $600,000, one-year grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to establish a Center for Entitlement Reform.

The new center will research and analyze factors causing the rise in federal entitlement spending; link new approaches to lower costs with the same or better outcomes; and present the options to key policymakers as well as businesses, the public and the media.

Kenneth E. Thorpe, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in Rollins School of Public Health, will direct the new center.

“Entitlement programs must be reformed to reflect current economic realities and longer life spans while also making them solvent, sustainable, secure and more savings oriented,” Thorpe said.

Wellness programs garner awards
Emory’s wellness programs took the gold on behalf of the University and Emory Healthcare for being a fit-friendly company from the American Heart Association.

Besides physical activity, criteria for the gold award includes increasing healthy eating options at work and promoting a wellness culture.

The program’s wellness initiatives also won a silver Health at Work award from CompPsych Corporation, which provides employee assistance programs.

Eddie Gammill, manager of wellness programs at the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, says the award “lets us see how we stand nationally with other companies,” he notes. Gammill listed some of the winning criteria, including flu shots, CPR anytime training and Step Up Emory.

Holiday camps keep kids active
Emory employees’ kids, ages 4 to 17, can stay active during the holidays at two three-day camp sessions in December and January offered by Emory Total Sports Academy.

The first session is Dec. 27–29, and the second is Jan. 2–4. Both are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in WoodPEC.
“Our first priority is to get these kids moving and active,” said Tyson Ramsay. “We will be offering indoor tennis, basketball, volleyball, baseball and soccer.”

The cost of camp is $50 for one day, $90 for two days; and $120 for three days. Register at www.etctennis.com. For questions, e-mail emorysportscamps@gmail.com or call 404-218-4363.