Study Validates Efficacy Of Health And Wellness Text Messaging Programs


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A joint study between the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed “adults almost quadrupled their exercise levels after receiving daily motivational texts.”  After six weeks in the program, participants had increased their exercise quotas from 56 minutes to 202 minutes per week.  According to Dr…. Read more »

Small Business Wellness Program ROI Study


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A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine demonstrated that “small businesses can realize a positive ROI from effective risk reduction programs.”  The study included 2,458 employees from 121 businesses and tracked 10 modifiable health risks through a pre- and posttest methodology.   The employees participated in a comprehensive worksite health promotion… Read more »

Wearable Market Outpacing Tablet Adoption


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A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) provides valuable insights into the future of wearable technologies, which includes fitness bands like Fitbit and Jawbone UP. Specifically, one of the key insights is that adoption rates for wearables is slightly outpacing adoption rates for tablets. As more individuals utilize these technologies, the case for an aggregation platform that… Read more »

Connecting The Dots Between Wellness and Mental Health


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Organizations continue to prioritize the mental health of their employees. During several recent conversations about employee mental health, Wellable realized that few people knew about the connection that exercise and obesity have with depression. Below are a few statistics that should help in highlighting the connection and put greater emphasis on physical activity and nutrition improvements as solutions… Read more »

Survey: Consumers See Benefit of Health Data Aggregators


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Wellable’s wellness philosophy embraces healthcare consumerism at it’s core. This means that consumers should see value in the wellness technologies they utilize without incentives, and incentives should serve as a way to drive additional engagement. A recent survey from the Manhattan Reasearch Group further validates the value of data aggregators like Wellable. “About 30% of consumers are interested in using… Read more »

Time Spent In Health and Fitness Apps Up 51% Over Last Year


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A new study shows that time spent in health and fitness apps has increased 51% over the past year, which is the second highest increase for all app categories. The study was based on data from Localytics’ customer base, which includes 28,000 applications installed across 1.5 billion devices. For these findings, which cover August 2013 to August 2014,… Read more »

Survey: Tech Support And Trust Can Boost Wellness Program Participation


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A 22-page report, “Measuring Wellness, From Data to Insights,” by the The Economist Intelligence Unit provides great information on the thoughts and perceptions of wellness programs.  The survey captures data from both employers and employees.  There are a number of key takeaways (below are a few highlights), including the need for employers to incorporate mobile health… Read more »

Why Tiny Habits Give Big Results


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This is a throwback video from the 2013 SXSW Conference. Stanford professor BJ Fogg talks about his research and how tiny habits can give big results, which is a pillar of the behavior change philosophy of Wellable.  x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g56aKi-z05w

Health Promotion Leads To Increased Productivity, Decreased Absenteeism, And $353 Per Employee Savings


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A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that health promotion programs improve employee productivity and save money for their employers. Employees who participated in a health promotion program and successfully improved their health care or lifestyle showed significant improvements in lost work time. Participating employees saved an average of… Read more »

Harvard Study Shows Workplace Wellness Can Generate 6:1 ROI


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We are often asked for research on the health and wellness industry and if there are any studies that examine wellness program Return On Investment (ROI).  The Harvard Study “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings” is the best (unbiased) study we’ve seen to date. The study finds “that medical costs fall about $3.27 for every… Read more »