Survey: 65% Of Millennials Think Fitness Tracking Is Important


Category: Facts and Research

According to a survey commissioned by Technogym, 65% of millennials think fitness tracking is important.  The survey of 5,000 millennials from 14 to 34 years of age revealed that despite being keenly aware of the link between exercise and wellness, nearly three-quarters of millennials still struggle to find time to exercise.  This explains why fitness… Read more »

Study: A Text Message A Day May Keep The Doctor Away


Category: Facts and Research

A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that regular reminders (sent via text messaging) to do things like eat right, exercise more, and smoke less may help individuals make lifestyle changes linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.  Researchers sent four texts a week to… Read more »

Analysis: 12% Of Health Apps Make Up 90% Of Downloads


Category: Facts and Research

A new report from the IMS Institute For Healthcare sheds light onto the state of affairs for the mHealth industry.  Below are a few highlights that we thought were particularly interesting and our thoughts on what they mean for corporate wellness. 12% of health apps make up 90% of downloads There are 165,000 apps from… Read more »

Target Offers Fitbits To 335,000 Employees, Ignores BYOD


Category: Corporate Wellness

Last week, Target made headlines by announcing it will offer Fitbit activity trackers to its 335,000 U.S. employees, becoming the latest firm looking to wearable devices as a way to improve its workers’ fitness and reduce healthcare costs.  The deal is one of Fitbit’s largest corporate accounts yet.  While corporate services generate less than 10%… Read more »

Low Tech Helps Employee Wellness Programs


Category: Corporate Wellness

The incredible rise of mobile and wearable wellness technology solutions makes it easy to embrace a technology-centric perspective about all things wellness.  Sometimes new gadgets and apps become so distracting that we forget about the well-established low tech solutions sitting right next to us (we want push notifications even though email and text messaging may be better ways… Read more »

Time Spent In Apps Surpasses Watching TV For U.S. Consumers


Category: Facts and Research

A new report from Flurry highlights that “apps now reign supreme as the top media channel in the United States, even without the help of the mobile browser.”  For the first time ever, the time U.S. consumers spend inside apps exceeded the time they spent watching TV.  According to the company’s data, the average U.S. consumer is… Read more »

Should Eye Exams Replace Biometric Screenings?


Category: Facts and Research

A study revealed that employers who offer their employees stand-alone vision benefits experienced $5.8 billion in cost savings over four years due to lower healthcare costs, higher productivity, and improved retention.  According to the study, which drew from 120,000 enrolled members from six large commercial clients of HCMS and VSP Vision Care, individuals who receive… Read more »

CDC Study: BMI Is Incorrect Indicator For 18% Of The U.S.


Category: Facts and Research

A recent New York Times article provides specific numbers about the accuracy of a controversial metric often used to determine the health of an individual – body mass index (BMI).  BMI is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual, and in many wellness programs, it is captured through a biometric… Read more »