Jawbone Stopping Production Of UP Devices

Category: Mobile Wellness

According to Tech Insider, Jawbone has stopped making its UP fitness trackers and sold its remaining inventory to a third-party reseller.  Individuals will still be able to purchase devices as supplies last from the reseller, but since Jawbone has stopped production, new UP2, UP3, and UP4 bands will not be available on an ongoing basis. … Read more »

Study: Exercise At Work Can Improve Mood and Performance

Category: Facts and Research

There is a significant body of research that demonstrates the benefits that regular exercise has on overall health.  From an employer’s perspective, it would be nice to know if exercising at work also has similar benefits.  A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management sought to measure the impacts of workplace… Read more »

Study: How Accurate Is The Calorie Counter On Your Wearable Device?

Category: Facts and Research

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition recently ran an impressively detailed study to compare 12 different wearable devices, including the Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP24, Misfit Shine, Garmin Vivofit, and Withings Pulse O2, to two widely accepted methods of estimating calorie burn.  The results, published in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine,… Read more »

EEOC Clarifies Wellness Regulations

Category: Regulatory

On Monday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released final rules on how employers can offer workers financial incentives of up to 30% of the cost of their cheapest health insurance plans to participate in wellness programs without violating federal laws protecting the confidentiality of medical information.  The ruling aims to clear up confusion over… Read more »

Math Behind Reducing Blood Testing

Category: Facts and Research

With or without Theranos*, the belief that healthy people can get healthier by having more tests and screenings is far from true.  Although it seems natural to believe that finding a disease earlier provides more opportunity to treat and recover from that disease, screening more people does not lead the results that people would expect. … Read more »

Biggest Loser Shows Weight Loss Challenges Don’t Work

Category: Facts and Research

Although it is not the intent of the piece, a recent New York Times article highlights the problem with corporate weight loss challenges.  The article, which is certainly worth reading in its entirety, reviews research about what happens to the contestants of the “The Biggest Loser” after the show ends.  In short, most of the… Read more »

Fitbit Shares Reactivation Statistics To Counter Attrition Concerns

Category: Mobile Wellness

During Fitbit’s first quarter earnings call, CEO James Park shared, for the first time, reactivation statistics for users who quit using Fitbit’s devices and app.  Specifically, Fitbit shared information about product upgrades and trackers reactivated after owners let them sit dormant for 90 days or more.  The wearables company said 40% of Fitbit Blaze and… Read more »

1/3 Of Employees Participate In Wellness Programs

Category: Engagement

A recent survey of 617 full-time workers provided some details about the state of employee wellness programs.  Specifically, it found that found that a third of all employees participate in at least one part of their employee wellness program.  This number is a bit higher than ones reported by other organizations, but regardless, it is… Read more »

Survey: 20% Of Households Own An Activity Tracker

Category: Facts and Research

According to a new research report released by the Consumer Technology Association, the wearable activity tracking device market is one of the fastest growing tech categories.  Specifically, 20% of U.S. households now own an activity tracking wearable device, which reflects nearly twice as many households relative to last year.  The report also suggested that 15%… Read more »