Study: Text Messaging Yields Significant Weight Loss In Prediabetes


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New research published in Diabetes Care shows that text messaging support may be conducive to clinically significant weight loss for patients with prediabetes.  The study, which evaluated 163 adult patients from Sam Sandos Westside Family Health Center of the Denver Health integrated health care system, found that mean weight reduction was 0.6 pounds in the… Read more »

Gartner: 274M Wearable Devices To Be Sold In 2016


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Technology research firm Gartner is forecasting that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232.0 million units in 2015.  Sales of wearable devices will generate revenue of $28.7 billion in 2016.  Smartwatches are predicted to comprise $11.5 billion of the total wearable device spend.  The total… Read more »

Another Study Shows BMI, Biometric Screenings Lack Efficacy


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Another study can be added to the growing body of research that shows that employers are doing more harm than good by implementing biometric screenings as part of employee wellness programs.  To be published in the International Journal of Obesity, the study sought to examine the efficacy of using body mass index (BMI), a common… Read more »

Premium Reductions Don’t Help Employee Weight Loss


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A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that financial incentives do not encourage obese employees to lose weight.  Although many employers provide financial incentives in the form of premium differentials for weight loss, this research and others like it show that these programs are largely ineffective.  It… Read more »

Health And Fitness Mobile App Usage Up 52% In 2015


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A report from mobile analytics firm Flurry found that mobile app usage of health and fitness apps grew by 52% in 2015.  Overall mobile app usage grew by 58%.  Flurry defines mobile app usage as a user opening an app and recording what they call a “session.”  The report also found that 40% of the… Read more »

Study: Text Messaging + Tracker = Increased Activity


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A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows pairing contextual texts and activity tracking leads to people moving more.  The small study enrolled 48 smartphone users ages 18 to 69 years who were also at risk for heart disease in a five-week study at an ambulatory cardiology center in Baltimore.  The… Read more »

Survey: Why 85% Of Companies Are Making Wellness A Top Priority


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When employers were asked if wellness was a priority, companies replied with a resounding and collective “yes”.  According to a survey by Colliers International Group, 85% of respondents said employee wellness ranked at the top of company initiatives. The survey also revealed why companies are investing in employee wellness.  Employee demand ranked number one for… Read more »

Survey: 74% of Online American Adults Likely To Purchase Health And Fitness Technology


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According to a survey by the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), 74% of online American adults are likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months.  Of this group, one in three (35%) plan to buy a smartwatch, which leads the category over fitness apps (30%) and wearable fitness… Read more »

Study: Age, Gender Impact Employee Benefit Preference


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New research from MassMutual found that preferences for healthcare insurance, retirement savings, vacation, and other benefits for U.S. employees largely hinge upon workers’ generation and gender, complicating benefit choices for employers with diverse workforces.  Overall, 47% of American workers age 18 and older prefer more vacation time, and 44% prefer better 401(k) matches.  However, notable… Read more »

Q3 Wearable Shipments: Fitbit (22%), Apple (19%), And Xiaomi (17%) Lead Pack


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According to a new report from IDC, market share in wearable device shipments for Q3 2015 remained largely unchanged with the top four (Fitbit, Apple, Xiaomi, and Garmin) holding on to their leadership positions.  Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 21.2 million units, up 197.6% from the 7.1 million units shipped in Q3 2014. … Read more »