5 Things To Do Before Using Fitness Apps

Category: Mobile Wellness

Most individuals start the year off with high goals and end up six months later in the same place as January 1.  Millions of Americans vow to transform their health and eagerly accept any and all recommendations thrown at them, including the newest fitness and health technologies.  Despite the well intentions and the best technologies… Read more »

Top 5 Apple Watch Fitness And Health Apps

Category: Mobile Wellness

There are dozens of health apps set to launch for the Apple Watch, which recently shipped out to consumers worldwide, and some analysts believe Apple has sold 2 million units in as little as two weeks of preorders.  As the Apple Watch captures significant interest, health app developers hope the device will provide the technology… Read more »

Do Health Apps Benefit Healthy People?

Category: Mobile Wellness

Consumers are flocking to health and wellness apps and have tens of thousands to choose from.  But if those consumers are already healthy, new research from the British Medical Journal titled “Can healthy people benefit from health apps?” suggests that the apps won’t necessarily do them any good.  The article even goes as far as… Read more »

EEOC Issues Proposal For Wellness Programs

Category: Regulatory

Since the expansion of wellness programs through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been growing concern from employers on what qualifies as a compliant program.  This has culminated in a number of lawsuits from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against employers with wellness programs.  Congress has even stepped in by proposing legislation to… Read more »

Flexible Work Schedules Improve Wellness and Happiness

Category: Corporate Wellness

The grind of a rigid 9-to-5 work schedule is just that.  A grind.  Fortunately, recent evidenced-based research is shedding light on what many forward thinking companies have already discovered – that providing employees with flexible work schedules leads to healthier and happier employees and more productive businesses.  People with adaptable work environments tend to have… Read more »

Fitbit Changes Calculation For Active Minutes

Category: Mobile Wellness

Fitbit announced last week that it is changing the way it calculates and displays active minutes for users.  Under the new methodology, active minutes will only be attributed if a user participates in an activity for over 10 minutes, which is what the American Heart Association recommends.  “This 10-minute rule means that walking to refill… Read more »

How Google Cut 3 Million Calories From Employee Diets

Category: Corporate Wellness

In an excerpt from his book, Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, talks about a simple change that Google made that resulted in a major cut in calories consumed by its employees.  Specifically, Google implemented a cost effective change that resulted in 3 million less calories being consumed. In typical Google… Read more »

Report: 64% Of U.S. Adults Own A Smart Phone

Category: Facts and Research

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, almost two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults own a smartphone.  That’s up from 58% in early 2014.  The survey data also confirms that smartphone ownership is still higher among younger adults as well as those with higher income and education levels. Of all the uses Pew… Read more »

Study: Text Messaging Health Interventions Work

Category: Facts and Research

Text message health interventions are proving to be an effective tool for health management.  According to a study review published in The Annual Review of Public Health, the majority of text message intervention studies found texting was effective when addressing diabetes self-management, weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, and medication adherence for antiretroviral therapy.  The… Read more »