The Case For A 6-Hour Workday

Category: Corporate Wellness

Work-life balance is something nearly everyone strives for.  There are many ideas behind what work-life balance is as well as many methods to obtain it within the workforce. There has been a lot of buzz about Sweden adopting a shorter work day to increase productivity and create a happier workforce.  Did shorter days deliver on… Read more »

Study: Do Activity Trackers Promote Weight Loss?

Category: Facts and Research

A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has the digital health, employee wellness, and wearable community abuzz.  According to the study, wearable activity trackers can count steps and calories burned but cannot help users lose weight.  In fact, the study suggests one could lose more weight without a device. … Read more »

3 Ways A Health Coach Can Help A Company Succeed

Category: Corporate Wellness

Personal, individual health coaching is a vital part of a successful wellness program because of its ability to help people cope with preventable health risks and conditions.  Preventable diseases cost businesses thousands of dollars a year.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that productivity losses linked to absenteeism costs employers $225.8 billion annually… Read more »

Survey: 47% Of Americans Use Digital Health Apps

Category: Facts and Research

According to an online survey of 2,000 Americans from Ketchum, a global research and analytics firm, 47% of American smartphone users have an app that tracks fitness, working out, health, or medicine.  Furthermore, 83% of people who use fitness or workout apps use them at least once a week.  The results of the survey are… Read more »

Slate: Workplace Wellness Programs Are A Sham

Category: Corporate Wellness

A recent article published on Slate, an online magazine of news, politics, technology, and culture, called workplace wellness programs a “sham”.  The article went on to describe how these programs, defined largely by biometric screenings and health risk assessments (HRAs), are really just cost shifting mechanisms from employers to employees.  As we read the article,… Read more »

Q2 2016 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (25%), Xiaomi (14%), And Apple/Garmin (7%) Lead Pack

Category: Facts and Research

According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q2 2016 saw fairly significant shifts relative to previous quarters.  Most notably, the Apple Watch saw its number of shipments drop more than 50% year-over-year.  Garmin also continues their strong growth, effectively grabbing the number three spot in the rankings.  Total shipment… Read more »

Apple Tightens Criteria For Digital Health Apps

Category: Regulatory

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published final guidance articulating the difference between the “low-risk” digital health apps, devices for general health management, and those apps and devices that needed FDA 510(k) clearance.  In short, the FDA provided information on the kinds of apps and devices for which it will and… Read more »

Top 7 Causes Of Financial Stress

Category: Corporate Wellness

Whether you are trying to build a case for financial wellness at your organization or assessing the need for it, a new survey from GoBankingRates will help you cover the top causes of stress in your area.  The statistics below focus on the aggregate results from 7,000 respondents from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.,… Read more »