80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables


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According to a GlobalWebIndex survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, 80% of online adults own a smartphone while only 9% and 7% report having a smartwatch or smart wristband, respectively.  The proportion of smartphone ownership has reached a new high, but it has not yet overtaken legacy ownership and usage of PCs,… Read more »

Health And Fitness Mobile App Usage Up 89% In 2014


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In September, we blogged about some research that showed time spent in health and fitness apps has increased 51% over the past year.  This research which was from Localytics and used information from 28,000 applications installed across 1.5 billion devices.  New research from Flurry shows that usage health and fitness apps grew 89%, exceeding overall… Read more »

47% of Employees Would Like Manager Activism in Health and Wellness


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Aon Hewitt partnered with the National Business Group on Health and The Futures Company to conduct The Consumer Health Mindset study.  The study explores perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors that employees hold toward health and healthcare as they interact with their employer-sponsored health plans and wellness programs.  A few interesting statistics about workplace wellness: 47% of consumers would… Read more »

Survey: Do Office-Based Employees Want Digital Engagement Programs?


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According to Gallup research, U.S. businesses lose between $450 and $550 billion per year due to disengagement, which manifests itself in turnover rates, poor productivity, and below average work.  To combat this, businesses are searching for scalable methods to better engage employees.  In fact, many companies now view engagement as a competitive advantage. A new… Read more »

Only 24% Of Employees Participate In Wellness Programs


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Simply offering a wellness program provides no guarantee of improving employee wellbeing, lowering medical expenses, or improving productivity and employee engagement.  Employees must be aware the program exists and participate in it.  Although more than 85% of large employers offer a wellness program, Gallup research shows that only 60% of U.S. employees are aware that… Read more »

50% Of Consumers Prefer Health Information From External Websites


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Aon Hewitt partnered with the National Business Group on Health and The Futures Company to conduct The Consumer Health Mindset study.  The study explores perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors that employees hold toward health and healthcare as they interact with their employer-sponsored health plans and wellness programs.  A few interesting statistics about communication channels: 50% of… Read more »

Survey: Millennials Don’t Care About Traditional Healthcare


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In 2015, Millennials will comprise the majority of the workforce and will eventually remake the workplace in their own image.  As it pertains to health, this generation cares less about their medical care but still expects their employer to play an active role in supporting their overall health and well-being.  According to a survey by… Read more »

Study: 19M Fitness Wearables In Use Today, To Triple By 2018


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According to a new report from Juniper Research, about 19 million wearable fitness devices are currently in use worldwide, and that number is expected to more than triple to 70 million by 2018.  Juniper predicts that market will continue to be dominated by designated fitness devices, but that smartwatches with fitness capabilities will gradually begin… Read more »

Obesity Costs U.S. $8 Billion Per Year In Lost Productivity


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A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine associated obesity with significant increases in absenteeism among American workers that costs the nation over $8 billion per year in lost productivity.  From researchers at Yale’s Rudd Center, the study “suggests that the health consequences of obesity negatively impact the workforce, and in… Read more »

34% Of U.S. Adults Have Downloaded A Health App


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“Gallup research shows that about two-thirds (65%) of American adults have a smartphone. About half of these smartphone users – or 34% of all adults – have downloaded at least one app that is meant to support healthy living, and 19% of all adults have downloaded and routinely used at least one such app.  This… Read more »