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 »

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 »