Fitbit Launches New Sleep Feature

Category: Mobile Wellness

The digital health movement has given consumers easy ways to track and maintain positive routines when it comes to physical activity and nutrition.  Unfortunately, when it came to supporting healthy sleep habits, most consumer technologies did little more than just track the amount, and in some cases quality, of sleep.  Fitbit’s new feature, Sleep Schedule,… Read more »

Study: How Many Calories Do We Burn Sitting, Standing, And Walking?

Category: Facts and Research

After our posts on the efficacy of standing desks to reduce healthcare costs and improve productivity, there has been interest in identifying appropriate ways to increase energy expenditure (calories burned) while at work.  It just so happens that a new study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health sought to identify ways to… Read more »

Survey: Disconnect Between Physicians And Patients On Mobile Health

Category: Mobile Wellness

According to a survey conducted by Nielsen and commissioned by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, there is a significant communications gap between how much doctors say they are prescribing technology and how patients report that interaction.  When it comes to self-tracking, 5% of consumers say their doctor has recommended an app to track activity… Read more »

Study: Standing Desks Increase Productivity

Category: Facts and Research

Despite the popularity of standing desks in the office, there’s little evidence that workplace interventions like standing desks help individuals burn lots more calories or prevent or reverse the harm of sitting for hours on end.  However, a new study from Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health suggests that standing desks could… Read more »

Survey: Manager Engagement In Wellness Key To Success

Category: Engagement

Having leadership involvement in wellness initiatives spearheads program success.  This idea is often touted by brokers and wellness professionals.  Even Wellable wrote about this topic is 2015, referencing a survey from Aon Hewitt and the National Business Group on Health.  Now, another survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) continues to support the idea that… Read more »

IRS: Cash Rewards For Wellness Program Participation Are Taxable

Category: Regulatory

According to an advice memorandum released on May 27 by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an “employer may not exclude from an employee’s gross income payments of cash rewards for participating in a wellness program” or “exclude from an employee’s gross income reimbursements of premiums for participating in a wellness program if the… Read more »

Wearable Market Data Roundup

Category: Mobile Wellness

The past couple of weeks have been full of new reports and surveys with lots of market data on the state of the wearable device movement.  Below are some of our favorite statistics. 12% Of U.S. Consumers Own A Fitness Band Or Smartwatch As of March, 12% of U.S. consumers own a fitness band or… Read more »

Study: Workplace Fairness Impacts Health

Category: Facts and Research

According to a study by the University of East Anglia in England, employees’ perception of fairness at work can impact their health.  The study evaluated how employees’ perceptions of workplace policies for rewards, pay, promotion, and assignments (collectively defined in the study as “procedural justice”) were impacting their health and found that employees who reported… Read more »