Study: Successful Weight Loss With Nutrition App


Category: Facts and Research

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 »

Employer Health Insurance Cost At 5-Year Low


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Contrary to the popular belief that healthcare expenses are becoming a larger part of total employee compensation, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that employers paid the lowest amount for health insurance as a percentage of total compensation since 2011.  Specifically, health insurance costs equaled 7.6% of total compensation for private employers… Read more »

Q3 2016 Wearable Shipments Fitbit (23%), Xiaomi (17%), And Garmin (6%) Lead Pack


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According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q3 2016 saw fairly little shifts relative to previous quarters but growth dropped significantly, reaching the single digits for the first time.  Most notably, the Apple Watch saw its number of shipments drop 71% year-over-year.  Fitbit and Garmin were the only two… Read more »

5 Statistics Reveal Employee Financial Health Getting Worse


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Despite the long economic recovery in the United States and the strong performance of the stock market, financial wellness is not improving for many individuals and it is resulting in stress.  According to the Employee Financial Wellness Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which tracks the financial well-being of full-time employed U.S. adults across the country, “many employees… Read more »

Study: Fun Facts About Wearables In The Workplace


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A study published by Jiff evaluated two years of employer-sponsored wearable data and revealed a number of interesting points, many of which counter common beliefs about these technologies.  Below are some of the highlights that we found most interesting. Workplace Wearables Are Popular And Increasingly So Nearly one out of three (31%) large employers (>… Read more »

Consumers Abandoning Apps, Sticking With What They Know


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Loyal readers of the Wellable Blog know how important it is for corporate wellness administrators to embrace the consumerism of their industry.  Wellable has dubbed this embrace a consumer wellness strategy and encourages everyone involved with employee wellness to consider it.  In short, a consumer wellness strategy suggests that employee wellness should be built around… Read more »

Study Evaluates Fitness Trackers, Communication, And Health Promotion


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There is no shortage of studies assessing the ability of fitness trackers to promote physical activity, weight loss, disease management, and more.  Fitbit even created a research library just to manage and promote the hundreds of studies utilizing its technology.  Despite the increasing volume of research, there has been very little analysis about how communication… Read more »

Study: Competition Makes Use Fitter Not Bitter


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A recent study published in the journal Preventative Medicine looks at whether social support, competition, or teamwork provides an answer to one of the ongoing dilemmas plaguing corporate wellness programs – participation.  Researchers from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found that competition was a far stronger motivation for exercise than… Read more »