Fitness Tracker Device And Services Market To Reach $5.4B And $1.9B In 2019, Respectively

Category: Mobile Wellness

The global revenues for smartphone-connected fitness tracking devices and equipment will grow from $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to a report from research firm Parks Associates.  In another report by Juniper Research, the market for connected healthcare and fitness device services will produce $1.8 billion in annual revenues by 2019,… Read more »

Standing Desk 101: Keeping Good Form Is Key

Category: Corporate Wellness

Experts tell us that sitting is the new smoking and that not even regular exercise can counteract the health impact of sitting all day long.  As a result, traditional office culture is being turned upside down and a growing number of workers are spending the day at a standing desk.  If you are skeptical about… Read more »

Report: Health Plans Have Few Apps, Few Downloads

Category: Mobile Wellness

A recent report from Research2Guidance delves into the topic of why health plans fail to generate significant reach with their mobile app portfolio.  Specifically, 70% of health insurance companies have published only one or two apps and 67% of those companies have achieved less than 100,000 downloads on the apps they do have.  As evident… Read more »

Employers Shift Focus To Sustainable Engagement

Category: Engagement

For the last two decades, employers focused on measuring employee engagement as the primary means to determine workforce commitment and productivity.  This made sense given the numerous studies correlating high employee engagement and performance, but what happens when employee engagement goes beyond what is expected?  What happens when employees are engaged through the night and… Read more »

Everything You Need To Know About The Apple Watch – Wellness Edition

Category: Mobile Wellness

After much anticipation since its first introduction last September, Apple launched the Apple Watch and provided the world with a comprehensive view of what will likely become the most popular smartwatch.  Below is a highlight of the health and wellness related features of this innovative device. Stand, Move, Exercise The Apple Watch has built in… Read more »

Congress To Provide Clarity On Employee Wellness Programs

Category: Regulatory

After the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed lawsuits on numerous employers, such as Honeywell, companies continue to seek more certainty on wellness regulations and compliance (Part 1 and Part 2 overview of wellness regulations).  As a result, members of the U.S. House and Senate introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, which is designed… Read more »

Proof That Employee Engagement Matters

Category: Engagement

According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends research, 78% of business leaders rate employee retention and engagement urgent or important.  To convince the other 22% and reaffirm the believers, below are a few interesting things we have learned about employee engagement over the years.  We organized the research into the six buckets below, which are… Read more »

Source: Fitbit To Acquire FitStar, Impacts Wellness Programs

Category: Mobile Wellness

TechCrunch reported that Fitbit is evaluating a purchase of FitStar for upwards of $25 to $40 million in a mix of cash and stock.  Since FitStar makes apps that help consumers to actually be more active, this unique merger of two consumer-centric wellness companies “makes sense as the activity tracker market matures and more consumers are… Read more »