Budget Friendly Holiday Wellness Tips

Category: Corporate Wellness

It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” – winter holiday season.  With Thanksgiving and the holidays just around the corner, there is no shortage of unhealthy foods and stress-inducing travel and shopping.  Some employers launch extensive “maintain, not gain” campaigns, but if that isn’t an option for your business, below are some easy and… Read more »

Obesity Costs U.S. $8 Billion Per Year In Lost Productivity

Category: Facts and Research

A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine associated obesity with significant increases in absenteeism among American workers that costs the nation over $8 billion per year in lost productivity.  From researchers at Yale’s Rudd Center, the study “suggests that the health consequences of obesity negatively impact the workforce, and in… Read more »

The Employee Engagement Epidemic

Category: Engagement

Employee engagement matters.  Being happy at work matters.  Research “increasingly points to a simple fact: Happy people are better workers. Those who are engaged with their jobs and colleagues work harder – and smarter.” Despite the growing body of research that shows employee engagement is critical to success, companies continue to ignore a major cost… Read more »

34% Of U.S. Adults Have Downloaded A Health App

Category: Facts and Research

“Gallup research shows that about two-thirds (65%) of American adults have a smartphone. About half of these smartphone users – or 34% of all adults – have downloaded at least one app that is meant to support healthy living, and 19% of all adults have downloaded and routinely used at least one such app.  This… Read more »

More Trackers, More Problems (For Employers)

Category: Mobile Wellness

Two weeks ago, we blogged about Fitbit’s three new activity trackers and what that means for corporate wellness programs.  In the competitive world of wearable devices, we shouldn’t be surprised about the recent product releases from Jawbone, Basis, and Microsoft.  These additional options for consumers further validate Wellable’s bring your own device (BYOD) philosophy.  A… Read more »

Wellable Featured in MedTech Boston

Category: Wellable News

MedTech Boston featured Wellable in an article about bending the healthcare cost curve.  Click here to read the full article.    

Study Validates Efficacy Of Health And Wellness Text Messaging Programs

Category: Facts and Research

A joint study between the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed “adults almost quadrupled their exercise levels after receiving daily motivational texts.”  After six weeks in the program, participants had increased their exercise quotas from 56 minutes to 202 minutes per week.  According to Dr…. Read more »

Wellable Participates in Enterprise Challenge for Elevar and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Category: Wellable News

At Elevar’s Reverse Pitch Day in October, Elevar and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts issued a call for entrepreneurs to tackle three major healthcare problems: (i) engaging the community; (ii) engaging millennials; and (iii) engaging baby boomers and seniors. Wellable chose to leverage its experience working with the Clinton Foundation and other community organizations to tackle community… Read more »

Honeywell Lawsuit: When Does Employee Wellness Go Too Far?

Category: Regulatory

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Honeywell, and this isn’t the first.  The EEOC claims Honeywell required its employees and their spouses to “submit to medical tests or risk being penalized up to $4,000.”  The commission says the penalties violate both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the… Read more »

Small Business Wellness Program ROI Study

Category: Facts and Research

A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine demonstrated that “small businesses can realize a positive ROI from effective risk reduction programs.”  The study included 2,458 employees from 121 businesses and tracked 10 modifiable health risks through a pre- and posttest methodology.   The employees participated in a comprehensive worksite health promotion… Read more »