2020 Wearable Forecast: 164M Wristbands, 110M Smartwatches


Category: Mobile Wellness

A recent report from CCS Insight provides an updated outlook on the future of wearable technologies, indicating that 411 million smart wearable devices, worth a staggering $34 billion, will be sold in 2020.  Growing from a projected $14 billion this year, the mix of devices will shift from primarily smartwatches and fitness trackers to a… Read more »

Top 5 Must Know Facts From GWI’s Future Of Wellness At Work Research Report


Category: Corporate Wellness

Recently, The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) released its Future Of Wellness At Work research report.  The 82 page report, which can be downloaded for free, examines the current state of wellness in the global workforce and predicts what the future of work will look like.  The report makes the case for why wellness will matter… Read more »

Smartwatch Shipments Pass Swiss Watches


Category: Mobile Wellness

For the first time, worldwide smartwatch shipments surpassed shipments of Swiss watches.  Smartwatch shipments hit 8.1 million units in Q4 2015 compared to 7.9 million for Swiss watch shipments in the same period.  According to a report from research firm Strategy Analytics, smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 316% from Q4 2014, and Apple Watch captured… Read more »

Study: Text Messaging Yields Significant Weight Loss In Prediabetes


Category: Facts and Research

New research published in Diabetes Care shows that text messaging support may be conducive to clinically significant weight loss for patients with prediabetes.  The study, which evaluated 163 adult patients from Sam Sandos Westside Family Health Center of the Denver Health integrated health care system, found that mean weight reduction was 0.6 pounds in the… Read more »

Gartner: 274M Wearable Devices To Be Sold In 2016


Category: Facts and Research

Technology research firm Gartner is forecasting that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232.0 million units in 2015.  Sales of wearable devices will generate revenue of $28.7 billion in 2016.  Smartwatches are predicted to comprise $11.5 billion of the total wearable device spend.  The total… Read more »

Benefits And Perks Top Consideration For 57% Of Job Seekers


Category: Corporate Wellness

A new survey from Glassdoor found that nearly three in five (57%) people reported benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job.  With one and five employees looking for a job in 2016, employers need to take note and make their benefits package a point of differentiation.  Standard benefits (health insurance,… Read more »

Another Study Shows BMI, Biometric Screenings Lack Efficacy


Category: Facts and Research

Another study can be added to the growing body of research that shows that employers are doing more harm than good by implementing biometric screenings as part of employee wellness programs.  To be published in the International Journal of Obesity, the study sought to examine the efficacy of using body mass index (BMI), a common… Read more »