Studies: Activity Trackers Work, If Individuals Use Them


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The use of activity trackers is becoming more prevalent each year.  In fact, it has been recently reported that 25% of Americans own a wearable device.  This means that the number of tracker owners in the U.S. is greater than the entire French population.  That’s a lot!  Consequently, activity trackers are also becoming increasingly popular… Read more »

Study Quantifies Value Of Employee Health Engagement


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Several months ago we discussed the value of health plan member engagement.  A new study from the same organization provides support for investing in the health of employees and their dependents.  The research provides the business case to show that health and well-being programs are good for employees as well as the bottom line.  For… Read more »

Courting Millennials: Lessons From Market Research


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In this world of low loyalty, it feels like employees are always having one foot out the door. Millennials, the largest generation in the workforce, are the least loyal of all. In fact, two-thirds of millennials surveyed said that they see themselves switching jobs in the next four years. Employers are not facing the struggle… Read more »

6 Trends in Employee Wellness – 2017 Edition


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Shortlister recently released their Well-being Industry Prospectus 2017, a report on employee wellness trends. They surveyed well-being subject-matter experts at the nation’s top employee benefits consultants to get their take on the state of the wellness industry.  The entire report is certainly worth downloading and reviewing in its entirety, but if you are short on… Read more »

Physicians Can Increase Patient Step Counts By 20%


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One of the many million (billion?) dollar questions in the digital health and employee wellness communities ponders what can lead to long-term engagement and activity increases.  As it relates to steps specifically, studies show that adherence to and use of a pedometer or activity tracker will result in increases in step counts; however, with so… Read more »

Survey: 78% Of Organizations View Wellness As Critical Business Strategy


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Despite uncertainty around integrating employee wellness and engagement programs into company cultures, employers continue to view these strategies as a top priority for business success.  A recent survey (State of the Industry: Employee Wellbeing, Culture and Engagement) of more than 600 human resource and benefit leaders explored and revealed key relationships between the three main… Read more »

85% Of Employers Say They Are Not Satisfied With Employee Savings Rates


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Despite increased participation in 401 (k) plans, 85% of employers say they are not satisfied with employee savings rates, according to a study on retirement and financial wellbeing trends by Aon Hewitt.  The study also found that 90% of employers are concerned about their employees’ understanding of how much they need to save in order… Read more »

Study: Successful Weight Loss With Nutrition App


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With millions of individuals across the world relying on nutrition tracking apps for weight loss, a recent study sought to evaluate the efficacy of these technologies on weight reduction in obese or overweight individuals.  Previous studies had discrepancies with regard to the effect of apps due to the several limitations.  This retrospective cohort study, however,… Read more »

Survey: Fitness Tracker, Smartwatch Abandonment ~30%


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During the holiday season last year, Santa gave millions of individuals wearable device fitness trackers and smartwatches.  For wellness program administrators, at least those with the analytics and technology to assess their program in detail and in real-time, these gifts result in increased participation in January wellness challenges.  However, too many coordinators know first-hand that… Read more »

Survey: Nearly 25% Of Americans Own A Wearable Device


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The second annual survey from Rock Health on consumer health adoption revealed numerous interesting statistics on the current state of digital health in America.  Most notably, the number of Americans who own wearable devices increased to nearly one out of every four individuals, which is up significantly from 12% in 2015.  With a sampling of… Read more »