Time Spent In Health and Fitness Apps Up 51% Over Last Year


Category: Facts and Research

A new study shows that time spent in health and fitness apps has increased 51% over the past year, which is the second highest increase for all app categories. The study was based on data from Localytics’ customer base, which includes 28,000 applications installed across 1.5 billion devices. For these findings, which cover August 2013 to August 2014,… Read more »

Proprietary Wellness Technologies For Employers Don’t Work


Category: Corporate Wellness

Many wellness companies push proprietary apps and devices (yes, some wellness companies have seen it fit to build their own pedometers!) as part of their comprehensive solution.  This approach is profit centric, sends mixed messages, and adversely impacts engagement (real engagement).  These solutions don’t work for a number of reasons. Employee Choice All stakeholders will… Read more »

Survey: Tech Support And Trust Can Boost Wellness Program Participation


Category: Facts and Research

A 22-page report, “Measuring Wellness, From Data to Insights,” by the The Economist Intelligence Unit provides great information on the thoughts and perceptions of wellness programs.  The survey captures data from both employers and employees.  There are a number of key takeaways (below are a few highlights), including the need for employers to incorporate mobile health… Read more »

Listen To What The Wellness Naysayers Are Saying


Category: Corporate Wellness

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation Employee Benefit Survey highlighted many things about employee benefits, including the growing importance wellness programs are playing in cost containment strategies.  The survey found that 77% of firms offer at least one wellness program, and more firms think wellness programs are an effective strategy than employee cost sharing or tighter… Read more »

Why Tiny Habits Give Big Results


Category: Facts and Research

This is a throwback video from the 2013 SXSW Conference. Stanford professor BJ Fogg talks about his research and how tiny habits can give big results, which is a pillar of the behavior change philosophy of Wellable.  x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g56aKi-z05w

Not All Engagement Is Created Equal


Category: Engagement

You can tell a great deal by how a vendor thinks about and measures engagement, and like engagement, not all vendors are created equal.  Many wellness companies throw around engagement metrics as evidence of their successful programs, but before buying the hype, judicious consumers should ask themselves a few important questions. How does a vendor… Read more »

Health Promotion Leads To Increased Productivity, Decreased Absenteeism, And $353 Per Employee Savings


Category: Facts and Research

A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that health promotion programs improve employee productivity and save money for their employers. Employees who participated in a health promotion program and successfully improved their health care or lifestyle showed significant improvements in lost work time. Participating employees saved an average of… Read more »

70% of Your Employees Are Already Using Wellable


Category: Corporate Wellness

According to a recent study, 70% of people use mobile health apps to track calorie intake and monitor physical fitness.  Would you be happy if your employee wellness program had a 70% engagement rate – most employers would be ecstatic. Most wellness programs never have a chance to reach 70% engagement because the program is… Read more »

Harvard Study Shows Workplace Wellness Can Generate 6:1 ROI


Category: Facts and Research

We are often asked for research on the health and wellness industry and if there are any studies that examine wellness program Return On Investment (ROI).  The Harvard Study “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings” is the best (unbiased) study we’ve seen to date. The study finds “that medical costs fall about $3.27 for every… Read more »