Study: Do Activity Trackers Promote Weight Loss?


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A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has the digital health, employee wellness, and wearable community abuzz.  According to the study, wearable activity trackers can count steps and calories burned but cannot help users lose weight.  In fact, the study suggests one could lose more weight without a device. … Read more »

Survey: 47% Of Americans Use Digital Health Apps


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According to an online survey of 2,000 Americans from Ketchum, a global research and analytics firm, 47% of American smartphone users have an app that tracks fitness, working out, health, or medicine.  Furthermore, 83% of people who use fitness or workout apps use them at least once a week.  The results of the survey are… Read more »

Q2 2016 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (25%), Xiaomi (14%), And Apple/Garmin (7%) Lead Pack


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According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q2 2016 saw fairly significant shifts relative to previous quarters.  Most notably, the Apple Watch saw its number of shipments drop more than 50% year-over-year.  Garmin also continues their strong growth, effectively grabbing the number three spot in the rankings.  Total shipment… Read more »

Study Suggests People Underestimate How Much They Eat


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For decades, policy analysts in developed countries have been trying to determine why waistlines in their country continue to grow.  In the United Kingdom, many believe that physical inactivity, not unhealthy diets, are the primary culprit.  According to the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCFS), a long-running study that tracks shopping in the United Kingdom,… Read more »

Study: An Hour Of Exercise A Day Could Save $68 Billion


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A large study of one million people quantified the cost of the “pandemic of physical inactivity” affecting countries across the world.  According to the study, physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses.  This costs disproportionately impacts wealthier nations, but as poorer countries develop, the economic burden from… Read more »

Study: After-Hours Emails Hurt Job Performance


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Companies enacting policies supporting an “always on” culture believe employee performance is tied to hours worked or email response time.  Research continues to be published that contradicts this management style, including a study scheduled to be presented at this summer’s annual meeting of the Academy of Management.  The study suggests that employers “damage their employeesꞌ… Read more »

Study: “Enhanced” Walking Programs Deliver Results


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According to a new study from Independence Blue Cross, “enhanced” walking programs encouraged people to walk more and resulted in weight loss and improvements in mood, energy levels, and overall feelings of well-being.  Published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, the study comprised of 460 employees from six employer groups and analyzed results from… Read more »

Study: Texting Patients Reduces Heart Attack Risk


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Wellable has long advocated for using test messaging as a medium of communication to facilitate individuals with living a healthier life (we even wrote a free eBook about it).  Now, another study suggests text messaging could prevent heart attacks.  The results of the six-month clinical trial, which were published in the Journal of the American… Read more »

Study: How Many Calories Do We Burn Sitting, Standing, And Walking?


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After our posts on the efficacy of standing desks to reduce healthcare costs and improve productivity, there has been interest in identifying appropriate ways to increase energy expenditure (calories burned) while at work.  It just so happens that a new study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health sought to identify ways to… Read more »

Study: Standing Desks Increase Productivity


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Despite the popularity of standing desks in the office, there’s little evidence that workplace interventions like standing desks help individuals burn lots more calories or prevent or reverse the harm of sitting for hours on end.  However, a new study from Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health suggests that standing desks could… Read more »