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 »

Study: Workplace Fairness Impacts Health


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According to a study by the University of East Anglia in England, employees’ perception of fairness at work can impact their health.  The study evaluated how employees’ perceptions of workplace policies for rewards, pay, promotion, and assignments (collectively defined in the study as “procedural justice”) were impacting their health and found that employees who reported… Read more »

Study: Exercise At Work Can Improve Mood and Performance


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There is a significant body of research that demonstrates the benefits that regular exercise has on overall health.  From an employer’s perspective, it would be nice to know if exercising at work also has similar benefits.  A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management sought to measure the impacts of workplace… Read more »

Study: How Accurate Is The Calorie Counter On Your Wearable Device?


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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Health and Nutrition recently ran an impressively detailed study to compare 12 different wearable devices, including the Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP24, Misfit Shine, Garmin Vivofit, and Withings Pulse O2, to two widely accepted methods of estimating calorie burn.  The results, published in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine,… Read more »

Math Behind Reducing Blood Testing


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With or without Theranos*, the belief that healthy people can get healthier by having more tests and screenings is far from true.  Although it seems natural to believe that finding a disease earlier provides more opportunity to treat and recover from that disease, screening more people does not lead the results that people would expect. … Read more »

Biggest Loser Shows Weight Loss Challenges Don’t Work


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Although it is not the intent of the piece, a recent New York Times article highlights the problem with corporate weight loss challenges.  The article, which is certainly worth reading in its entirety, reviews research about what happens to the contestants of the “The Biggest Loser” after the show ends.  In short, most of the… Read more »

Survey: 20% Of Households Own An Activity Tracker


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According to a new research report released by the Consumer Technology Association, the wearable activity tracking device market is one of the fastest growing tech categories.  Specifically, 20% of U.S. households now own an activity tracking wearable device, which reflects nearly twice as many households relative to last year.  The report also suggested that 15%… Read more »

Student Debt Impacts All Employees, Generations


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The student debt crisis is often seen as a problem impacting millennials, but this misconception underestimates the far reaching impact it has on all employees.  Although higher percentages of millennials have student debt (42%), many Gen X (26%) and baby boomers (11%) are still not student debt free.  Also, outstanding student loans are affecting baby… Read more »